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661 Ratings

Queen Margot

La reine Margot

Directed by Patrice Chéreau
France, Germany, 1994
Biography, Drama, History


Margot is an heiress to the throne during the late 16th century reign of the neurotic, hypochondriac King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a time when Protestants and Catholics are vying for political control of France.

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Queen Margot Directed by Patrice Chéreau

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1994 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Academy Awards

1995 | Nominee: Best Costume Design

The movie swoons from set piece to set piece, Chéreau’s restless camera accompanied by the keening of the Israeli mezzo soprano Ofra Haza. The boar hunt in which Margot’s older brother, the neurotic King Charles (Jean-Hugues Anglade), is gored and then saved by the captive Henri is nearly as savage as the massacre, but even when Charles isn’t literally sweating blood, it’s all pretty hot stuff.
September 18, 2014
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This movie ruined me. I was 11 when it was released and was living in France at the time; I have since seen it more than 20 times, in various countries and states of undress. It haunts me still; I knew so young that, like Margot, I would be a survivor even when I’d want to be the martyr. It is hard to accept that no matter how depressive a realist you are, there are no escape routes save for fleeting passions.
June 19, 2014
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Though Queen Margot’s sound, sets, costumes, and camerawork collectively stun, Chéreau prioritized his actors, and he gave his ensemble ample freedom to perform. Adjani and Auteuil in particular engage in a delicate, uncertain series of movements together, standing off squarely at some points and collapsing united at others.
May 07, 2014
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