Dreamlike portrait, with a hip, contemporary soundtrack, of France’s ill-fated queen from her years as a teenager in Versailles to the end of her reign during the French Revolution at the end of the 18th Century.
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Interessante ritratto di una nobiltà frivola che si isola dal mondo. La protagonista è ben caratterizzata nella sua frivolezza, ma non ha colpa dei disagi francesi, che ricadono tutta sugli ottusi regnanti. Ottima la veste pop della messa in scena, cosa che rende il film un fantastico mosaico con un bellissimo e malinconico finale. Narrazione ottima, con inquadrature curatissime. Colonna sonora azzardata, ma vincente
Coppola transposes her own story to that of the title character; a little rich girl thrust into a position of public notoriety that she cannot comprehend. In doing so, exaggerates the naiveté & creates a more piercing feminist commentary on the way the character is destroyed, not through her own inherently childish decadence, but through the poor decisions of her husband & the loveless circumstances she's to endure.
After its maligned release, I wasn't too interested in Marie Antoinette. That is, until I realised that Sofia Coppola directed it. As it turns out, Marie Antoinette is a great film about alienation in royal families. It's got a great soundtrack and wonderful supporting performances, but this is really Kirsten Dunst's movie. She never gets the credit she deserves, and she's truly marvelous here.
coppolla junior knows how to have a good old bit of unprentenscious, comic fun without making the mistake of wavering her subject in the arms of pretensciousness. she has a real unmistakeable style, she has a new slant on this history. and with her recurring actors, unmistakeable visuals and screenwriting genius, she is in my estimation more of a traditional autuer than her father.
subtle, poetic, and modulated direction by coppola. people too easily write it off as artificial, but in truth there's so much understated, and quite often complex emotion behind its seemingly banal surface. the backlash against this film is confounding and i've found so much criticism of it to be overly dismissive and simplistic.