Thursday, March 14, 2013

Farewell, My Queen 2011

     Adapted from a bestselling novel by Chantal Thomas examining the French Revolution from the view of the servants closest to Queen Marie Antoinette.  The time is July 1789 at the Chateau de Versailles in France, the people are beginning to rise up against the rein of King Louie XVI and have stormed the Bastille.  Many of the sovereigns begin planning their escape including the Queen.  Sidonie Labore is a book reader to the Queen, she enjoys privileges and considers herself a part of the Queen’s entourage.
     There is no background information included in any part of this film about the cause of the revolution?  None of the sovereigns or their roles are explained either?  Also, there is nothing in the screenplay about the reasons for their behaviors or relationships.  Like viewing My Week with Marilyn and you don't know anything about her.  3* (This movie is OK)

100 min, Drama directed by Benoit Jacquot with Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux, Xavier Beauvois, Virginie Ledoyen, Noemie Lvovsky.

Note:  Blockbuster 2 ½*, imdb 6.3 out of 10, 94% critic 56% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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