France, 2011 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Benoît Jacquot

“Benoît Jacquot's venom-tipped account of palatial intrigue and royal oblivion.” - Variety

Farewell, My Queen is an opulent yet intimate chronicle of the panicky last days of the French monarchy as seen through the eyes of one of Marie Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting. Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, this fresh take on a familiar story excels at capturing the intrigue and formality of the court at Versailles and contrasting it with the shifting undercurrents and decay “downstairs”.

Diane Kruger sparkles in her elegant surroundings as the charismatic yet clueless queen, while the constantly moving camera captures the shrewdness of her young servant, Léa Seydoux, as she navigates a way out while all around her rush to their doom.

“[Jacquot's] approach is more like that of an anthropologist, studying a tribe in its death throes. The result is quietly fascinating.” - The Independent

D Benoît Jacquot P Jean-Pierre Guérin, Kristina Larsen, Pedro Uriol S Benoît Jacquot, Gilles Taurand Dist Transmission Films L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2011

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