Farewell My Queen – French

Farewell My QueenEver wonder how aristocracy lived and functioned. Here is a comfortable window seat to watch the happenings in Versailles, with no less than Marie Antoinette  (Diane Kruger) reigning supreme.

July 1789. French revolution is knocking at the door and the last days of Marie Anotoinette as seen through the eyes of her loyal book reader the young  Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux) is the core of the movie.  Through in the Queen’s  ‘special relationship’ with the Duchess of Polignac (Virginie Ledoyen) you have a riveting movie which winds the the clock back and takes you to an era of grandeur.

Brilliantly directed by Benoît Jacquot, the movie captures the pomp, opulence, lavishness, and inner working of the palace.  Like many French movies, this one grips you by the scruff and keeps you engaged and entertained. The costumes, the sets and the cinematography creates a magnificent visual treat, You forget you are watching a movie and are transported to a real life drama unfolding in front of your eyes. Sheer magic. I enjoyed watching the movie thoroughly and wanted it not to finish when it did.

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Léa Seydoux  delivers a lively performance and joins my list of favorite French actresses. Simple, elegant and chic.

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