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Farewell, My Queen

Rated R 100 minutes 2012

Director Benoit Jacquot (A Single Girl) imagines the early days of the French Revolution as they may have appeared from inside Versailles, centering on the relationship between Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) and one of her favorite servants (Lea Seydoux). As in Sade (2000), Jacquot takes a refreshingly understated approach to costume drama, avoiding historical generalizations to focus on the particulars of palace life and the psychological states of individual characters (he emphasizes the present-tense approach by shooting pivotal scenes with a handheld camera or in close-up). Ultimately this is less about the period than about the young servant's growing awareness of her position in the adult world, a consistent theme in the director's work. In French with subtitles.

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Director: Benoît Jacquot

Producer: Jean-Pierre Guérin, Kristina Larsen, Pedro Uriol and Christophe Valette

Cast: Diane Kruger, Léa Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen, Xavier Beauvois, Noémie Lvovsky, Michel Robin, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Lolita Chammah, Vladimir Consigny and Marthe Caufman

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