Mary Queen of Scots spends her childhood in France and is meant to become also Queen of France. However, her ailing husband dies and the young widow returns alone to Scotland, a country devastated by war…
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Love the cinematography, wardrobe, sound production, and all the interesting little details: puppet plays, maids dancing with lighted torches for wedding & her majesty taking a peek while leak. The storyline and characters are engaging, however the Mary (according to this movie) is not prepared to be a queen.
A tragic story from a turbulent period of history. Despite some effective production choices it doesn't quite maintain the interest or pace. Camille Rutherford's performance saves it from being an otherwise overlong, stodgy film.
Bit of a mixed bag. Lead character never convinced, but brother memorably sneery, turgid historical drama in places, in others the drama snared and snarled. The epistolary basis of the film gave it some foundation, but it all slipped into vagueness at the end. Fitting, perhaps.
Something of a revelation. I admit to having very low expectations but this far exceeded them. Camille Rutherford is quite wonderful in what is largely a claustrophobic domestic drama framed by mud and mist. The version of Dylan's 'Changing of the Guards' that is sung over the credits is a wonder in itself.
Imbach's stately film represents a refreshingly raw approach to period drama. The handling of some of the picture's more conventional elements feels a little awkward at times, but its nightmarish episodes of juddering camera-work, hushed voiceovers and use of Gubaidulina's marvellous music result in some exhilarating moments. Also pleasing is the attention paid to quirky historical details.
What a pitiful experience for a young queen who longs for identity, acceptance, and love. It's hard not to be curious of her tumultuous life. Camille Rutherford portrays Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland, ambitious, yet vulnerable. Director Thomas Imbach uses narrations, and random commentaries (note the puppets). The one rant I have, would be Sean Biggerstaff’s performance, it’s appalling!