Holds one's interest with a unusual peek into the life of servants at Versailles. The cinematography captures the cramped halls and chaos behind the scenes, as well as the wide-open spaces of the formal salon rooms with their slow, regal pacing. Great costuming and set dressing. Finally a good part for Kruger. Seydoux is appropriately mysterious, riveting, and intelligent. That green dress is to die for.
Etrange déambulation dans les couloirs de Versailles où l'on se demande après quoi court le film comme les personnages. Jacquot fait une reconstitution historique qui n'en est pas une, livre un ensemble très classique de quelque chose qui voudrait être décalé, où rien ne se passe, ou rien n'est vraiment surprenant ou émouvant. On se demande ce qu'on fait là. Qui nous dit adieux ou à qui nous devons dire adieux.
Marie Antoinette and her queer fascination of a woman while being Queen of France is a sell-out. "Farewell, My Queen" puts the perpective on the monarch's reader, Sidonie (Léa Seydoux) who adores her queen (Diane Kruger). It's an interesting look of Marie Antoinette's private life, though I have to say, the story stops before it got better.
Remarkable details in the capture both of the royals and servants (from embroideries to rats). Allthough history doesn't exactly feel sympathy for Marie Antoinette, this movie managed to instill this feeling in me. Léa Seydoux is a ravishingly beautiful commoner in this film and probably the next international French star.
Technically a marvel capturing the chaos of the final days at Versailles; the camerawork by dp Romain Winding is extraordinary and Jacquots' direction well captures the adsurdity of court life even as the system crumbles around them. The film concentrates on the adoration of Marie Antoinette's lectrice (reader) for her Queen whose whims and moods keep a beehive of activity around her. Seydoux and Kruger exceptional.
Una fastuosa producción de época (sobre el trágico destino de María Antonieta y los inicios de la revolución francesa) que reúna en una sola película a Virginie Ledoyen, Diane Kruger y Léa Seydoux (la fría asesina a sueldo de Misión Imposible 4), sencillamente no puede tener desperdicio.
Quite an interesting look at beauty, loyalty and seduction at the beginning of the French revolution. Léa Seydoux, consistently good, puts in another solid performance as Marie Antoinette's reader in this well plotted and subtle period piece that relies more on the relationships than it does on setting to reveal it's story. 3.5 stars
Loved it. Seydoux's performance was revelatory. I enjoyed how the frenzied camera movement communicated Sidonie's adolescent nervousness as well as the hectic lives of the servants at Versailles (which contrasts otherwise sweeping camera movements). Some scenes were very dreamlike, and there was something very ghostly and oneiric to the image of those people walking about dark Versailles corridors with lit candles.