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Farewell, My Queen

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gripping, mature account of Marie Antoinette.

Movie R 2012 100 minutes
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Beautiful to look at and engrossing to watch, FAREWELL, MY QUEEN lures you in. It makes you feel as if you're being allowed into secret chambers, where royalty removes its regal mask, and humanity -- specifically, passion and yearning -- awaits. Kruger makes an interesting Marie Antoinette, at once tempestuous and tragic. But her wealth of feeling for Gabrielle de Polignac rings a little bit hollow; it's the movie's biggest flaw (there aren't many), considering that we're supposed to believe that she has risked so much for that friendship. More time is spent with Sidonie, who does, indeed, engross.

But the movie, as compelling as it is, feels like it has shorted everyone: the queen, Sidonie, Gabrielle. Even Louis XVI, for that matter. Ultimately it's a too-brisk run through some of France's most important days.

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