Farewell, My Queen (Les adieux à la reine) Thursday, 20 June 2019

Farewell, My Queen (Les adieux à la reine)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Hello to exquisite period drama.

  • Starring:

    Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen, Noémie Lvovsky, Xavier Beauvois, Michel Robin, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Lolita Chammah

  • Directed by:

    Benoît Jacquot

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Hanged woman seen, cutting noose. A pamphlet contains a list of people's names intended for beheading. Storming the Bastille, pillaging, beheaded commander with pocket knife, people hanged and killed, rioters, theft, woman stabbed, burning effigies mentioned. Soldiers carrying bayonets. Blood/gore: Scratching mosquito bites.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Infidelity discussed. Kissing (male-female; female-female), groping, foreplay, flirting. Desire (female-female) discussed. Nudity: Fully nude women. Cleavage. Undressing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine). A woman ingests poppy seeds to aid sleep (mentioned).

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-word, a-words, slang term for male genitalia, derogatory name for females. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Royalty, monarchy, 18th Century France, Bastille Day, Marie-Antoinette, opulence, desperation, vulnerability, abandonment, servants, discretion, gossip, embroidery.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Cheating husband, dead parents mentioned; burning documents and love letters. Dogs, dead rats, horses. Diarrohea, constipation mentioned. Original title is Les adieux à la reine. French language (subtitled). Based on the novel by Chantal Thomas.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Exquisite, realistic, fascinating, impeccable, emotional, passionate. Excellent casting and performances, elaborate costumes and set pieces. Beautifully photographed in Versailles.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Languorous.

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