Farewell, My Queen
Based on the novel by Chantal Thomas, "Farewell, My Queen" focuses on Sidonie Lomborde (Léa Seydoux), during the last 48 hours before the French Revolution overwhelms the Château de Versailles. Lomborde is the royal book reader for Marie-Antoinette (Diane Kruger) whose near anonymity allows her to experience the drama of the Revolution first hand. Sidonie’s blind devotion to the Queen traps her in a plan to save the Queen’s confidant and rumored lover Duchesse Gabrielle de Polignac (Virginie Ledoyen).
In French with English subtitles, this sweet meringue of a movie has little substance but plenty of details to delight history buffs and devotees to period-dramas. The costumes and set dressings are vivid and rich. Kruger is effortlessly resplendent as Antoinette. The acting, from the cast as a whole, is very good.
There is some brief nudity. Despite the implications of the movie marketing, the lesbian relationship between Antoinette and de Polignac is never experienced by the viewer. The audience only hears third hand gossip from the royal court. Antoinette reveals to Sidonie in a touching act of desperation her obsessive love for the Duchesse but the film captures only a 5-minute farewell between the Queen and her dearest love. Considering the famed excesses of Antoinette, the lack of on-screen romance between the two is disappointing.
Extras include 2 different insightful interviews with charming director Benoit Jacquot about why and how he chose to film this narrative. The movie trailer is also included.
"Farewell, My Queen"