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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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.
I could NEVER ever thought I'd be listening to Aphex Twin, Air, The Radio Dept, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Phoenix, and The Cure in the same film set in the baroque era. I mean, wow, Dunst was just like a teen queen rocking out in a post-punk-scored biopic!
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.