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Farewell, my queen

(DVD - 2012 - French)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Farewell, my queen


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Sidonie, who serves as reader to Marie Antoinette and displays a singular romantic devotion to the queen, witnesses the final days of the French Revolution from inside the walls of the Palace of Versailles. The film is seen from Sidonie's point of view, and the story takes place over the course of four days.
Title: Farewell, my queen
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] :, Cohen Media Group :, Distributed by Entertainment One,, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Chantal Thomas.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Special features: On set interviews and interview with Benoit Jacquout.
Summary: Sidonie, who serves as reader to Marie Antoinette and displays a singular romantic devotion to the queen, witnesses the final days of the French Revolution from inside the walls of the Palace of Versailles. The film is seen from Sidonie's point of view, and the story takes place over the course of four days.
Audience: Rating R for brief graphic nudity and language.
Local Note: 6 15 16 17 18 27 29 33 53 69 74 79 80 109 112 113 118 133 153 198 210 211 216 222 226 228 231 242 243 244 258 262 263 276
ISBN: 141723914X
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I liked it! It was from the view point of the reading maid. It showed that in the seven years Marie was a virgin in her marriage to Louis, Marie may have had lesbian feelings toward her favorite maid. It showed less palace monarchy protocol than other biographies about her I have watched. Two unnecessary female nude scenes without sex happens; thus, it should likely be an older audience. It successfully shows how spys were placed into the palace to spy on the the loyal servants & the monarchy. It gives you a better view of the informal back rooms than other biographies. In the end sadly, the queen betrayed the reader.

Report This Aug 01, 2013
  • WormsBookChief rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was excited to see this, but a little disappointed overall. While the acting was good, the story line was confusing, and it was slow at times. Not one I'd recommend to many, if any.

Report This Jun 06, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lea Seydoux plays Sidonie, the reader for the queen of France, Marie Antoinette. The story is seen from the viewpoint of Sidonie, the servant, and shows the four days surrounding the storming of the Bastille, which is the beginning of the French Revolution. Through this presentation, although fictional, gives us a unique perspective of both historic and personal relationships between the two classes, royalty and the common person. The film is an excellent mix of historical events (quite intense and chaotic) and the intimate relationship between the royalty and their close personal servants. Lea Seydoux, would go on to play Emma, the protagonist of the three hour 2013 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color.”

Report This May 07, 2013
  • Basileus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good, and fairly realistic look at the last days the French Royal family was in power. Told from the point of view of loyal servant Sidonie, it deals with the days between the fall of the Bastille, and the King and Queen's forced relocation from Versailles. Some great shots shots of the beauty of Versailles, and the squalor behind the gilt. Plot elements might be confusing to some, so Wiki Marie Antoinette before watching this movie if you have no idea of the people and events surrounding her. French with subtitles.

Report This May 01, 2013
  • GuyN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This movie is fascinating for its realistic (as opposed to Hollywood) portrayal of life at Versailles in 1789. Some scenes are actually shot at the palace and we spend a fair amount of time in the servant's area. On the other hand, most of the characters are rather bland and the plot can be summed up by the word "confusion".

Report This Apr 12, 2013
  • Red_Sox rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Saw the clock getting stolen from the beginning if you know what I mean. great costume and detailed sets.

Report This Apr 08, 2013
  • LaimaA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was interesting seeing court life from the viewpoint of a worker bee. It's a fascinating glimpse of the mundane and tedious life of those pushed and pulled to satisfy the whims of the spoiled and selfish few.

Report This Mar 21, 2013
  • COURIER3 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

VERY BORING. HARD TO FOLLOW. SLEPT THRU SOME OF IT. COSTUMES WERE GOOD

Report This Mar 11, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting look at a long ago period of time.

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