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Farewell, My Queen

  R HD

Benoît Jacquot

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Plot Summary

Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, Léa Seydoux stars as one of Marie Antoinette’s (Diane Kruger) ladies-in-waiting, seemingly an innocent but quietly working her way into her mistress’s special favors, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 76
  • Fresh: 70
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The guillotine's blade is, as yet, nowhere to be heard. But you can feel Jacquot's pleasure is slicing and dicing this material in novel ways. – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, Jul 26, 2012

Fresh: We know what will happen, of course, but Jacquot still manages to create tension, as well as a semi-soap opera, among the let-them-cake-eaters of post-Enlightenment France. – John Anderson, Newsday, Jul 26, 2012

Fresh: The foreboding and chaos contrast neatly with the lavish costumes and sets. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Jul 26, 2012

Fresh: The details of the plot are unimportant: that is the main point made by the skillful director, Benoit Jacquot. It is the slowness with which they realize what is happening that fascinates. – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Aug 8, 2012

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Customer Reviews

An Insult to the Legacy of the Doomed Queen

This is a sumptuous, beautiful film. It is well directed, competently acted, and decently paced. It is not unlike Coppola's Marie Antoinette in that way. However, the story itself perpetuates myths about Marie that were used during her lifetime to smear her name; it is based on slander. There is no concrete proof that she was a lesbian (nor, for that matter, did she have an affair with von Fersen) and these myths are being debunked by modern day scholars. These were ideas spread in pornographic pamplets during her lifetime with the intent of damaging her reputation, as she was an Austrian and later famously held in contempt for her lavish ways. This film is no better than The Affair of the Necklace, which actually made a hero out of con artist Jean de la Motte! This is not untypical of film, and what film isn't fiction, right? However, as there are little to no films that portray la reine in a positive light, the fact that one of the few rare ones to do so is nothing more than a glossy gossip rag is disenheartening. I would love to see a real portrait of this beautiful, tragic woman, one who was good and flawed and undeserving of her fate. The horrors of the revolution do not touch the gilded halls of 'Au Revoir, Moi Reine' and Jacquot does not seek to plunder such depths. What is the end result is a pretty, frothy, empty piece of fluff, which would be best taken as such. History lesson or revealing biography this is not.

So so far from historical facts.

Portraying Marie-Antoinette as an obvious lesbian is a bit risqué and so far from historical facts. Yes, She might have been very close to her friend Madame de Lamballe but not to the point where they were dating.
It a beautiful movie. Too bad the whole thing turns into a sapho atmosphere that doesn't sound appealing to guys like me who knows everything about this great Queen of France.

I wasn't paid for this review so here's an honest one...

I read the reviews and watched the short clip of this film. I didn't mind at all that it was in French.I don't need shiny objects and huge explosions by big named actors to entertain me. I like a solid storyline that is interesting. So, I was looking forward to "Powerful acting" by a wonderful female cast and all that. There was none. I felt nothing for any character in this film. As far as being historical, it really isn't. It's noted as a romance, it kind of is but again, really isn't. The costumes and hair were nice. That's about all I can say that's good about this film. If you're bored, rent it. There are worse films out there. Just don't expect to be blown away.

Farewell, My Queen
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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