Farewell, My Queen
Farewell, My Queen (2012)

Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the final… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 15, 2013
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Jacquot has chosen wisely in casting Léa Seydoux in the key role of Sidonie, whose luminous but watchful eyes suggest a soul wise beyond her years.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Although it was shot at Versailles, and its actors are dressed to the 18th-century nines, Farewell, My Queen has a loose, reportorial intimacy about it.

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Roger Smith
FILMINK (Australia)

Farewell, My Queen is a knife-edge drama that steadily builds tension that at times becomes as unbearably tense as the relationship between the three leading ladies.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Farewell, My Queen" is a layer cake of royal pleasures, rote protocols and revolutionary politics. For skeptics who thought this story had grown stale, let them eat their words.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

As we follow her through the monarchy's abrupt collapse, "Farewell, My Queen" gives us intimate, unflaggingly energetic history as seen from the servants' quarters.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Sidonie is a character who literally eavesdrops on history, becoming the audience's first-person yet second-hand source for such significant events as the storming of the Bastille...

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The details of the plot are unimportant: that is the main point made by the skillful director, Benoît Jacquot. It is the slowness with which they realize what is happening that fascinates.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The foreboding and chaos contrast neatly with the lavish costumes and sets.

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Kristin M. Jones
Film Comment Magazine

His portrait loses some of its eerie power through the ugly twist at the film's conclusion, but she remains a fascinating enigma, and touchingly human.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
With many inelegant zooms and clumsy camera movements, this irregular drama also fails to develop well Sidonie's devotion to the Queen, and so their trust… More
Walter M.
"Farewell, My Queen" starts on July 14, 1789 in France where the quiche is about to hit the fan. That's in Paris. In Versailles, at court,… More
Markus Robinson
If you are expecting a French film chronicling the last days of Marie Antoinette, then you may be in for a slight disappointment. Brilliantly directed by the… More
John Ballantine
A good if not great film detailing the end of Marie Antoinette's period in the royal house in France from the point of view of her favourite attendant.… More
Byron Brubaker
Similar in a way to Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. This film focuses more on the servants than the queen herself. The period details seemed more… More
Andreas Babs
Farewell, My Queen, in a nutshell, is a film that may not have been as finite as its title leads you to believe. Do we experience Marie Antoinette moments… More