By Owen Gleiberman
Updated July 18, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Farewell My Queen

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  • Movie
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You’d think that an ambitious French director, dramatizing the days before Marie Antoinette fled Versailles, would have some new insight into the ways of the decadent royals. But Benoît Jacquot’s film is shackled to a blah bourgeois leftism: The queen (Diane Kruger), a naive chatterbox, is seen through the eyes of one of her handmaidens, played by Léa Seydoux as a pouting princess prole with no dimension beyond her shrewd quietude. Farewell, My Queen was shot in Versailles, but its flat schematism only highlights that the backdrops had a better story to tell. C

Farewell My Queen

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 100 minutes
director
  • Benoit Jacquot

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