Farewell, my queen

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

Publisher: [United States] : Cohen Media Group : Distributed by Entertainment One, [2012]
ISBN: 141723914X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 27, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Benoît Jacquot’s sumptuous period piece, based on Chantal Thomas’ novel, examines the final days of Marie Antoinette (a solid performance from Diane Kruger) as seen through the eyes of her devoted servant Sidonie Laborde. With whispers of civil unrest in the background the grand court of France carries on with the usual small intrigues, sexual indiscretions, and extravagant parties. Nowhere is this more apparent than with the Queen herself, a frail and flighty creature whose days consist of scandalous novels (read to her by Sidonie) and poring over fashion magazines. But when the Bastille is stormed and the mob begins their pogrom of beheadings, the crystal and gilt interiors of Versailles quickly become an oppressive warren of frightened nobles and scurrying rats. With only her sometime lover the Duchess Gabrielle and faithful Sidonie at her side, Marie Antoinette is forced into a series of fateful decisions—one of which will finally reveal her true nature to an increasingly cynical and disenchanted Sidonie. Filmed on location, Jacquot painstakingly recreates the pre-revolutionary French court from the intricate wigs and costumes to hallways littered with artwork and tapestries. His nighttime scenes are especially gorgeous seemingly lit using nothing but glowing candles and moonlight. The fact that advancing hordes of angry peasants are only alluded to in monstrous rumours is a nice touch which forces us to concentrate on the chaotic elements of a royal household in dissolution—this is not a historical epic but rather a study in various reactions to historical events happening offscreen. However, despite the elaborate touches and capable cast there is a distinct lack of momentum to a story already hampered by too many details for those of us not familiar with "La Révolution". Furthermore a handful of noteworthy performances fail to elicit much energy resulting in lots of running around and hasty embraces but no passion. A gold-plated treat for the eye, a humdrum exercise for the mind.

Oct 18, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lavish costumes and sets ,.. but not much 'history'.

"What if" you could see what the women at the palace were doing while the Revolution started ?
Was the Queen a lesbo ?

An interesting portrait of class differences,.. living among the aristos.

Jun 26, 2014
  • eusebius rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Effective costume drama. Actors generally good, especially Diane Kruger. The drama is under the rich silks and tapestries of the palace.

Feb 03, 2014

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.

Nov 18, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Set in the turbulent times of 17-century France, the film focuses on the relationship between a servant girl(a reader) and queen Marie Antoinette. It is a watchable period/history piece but fairly slow and uneventful. French with English subtitles.

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.

Jul 16, 2013
  • re_discover rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I thought that the sets were amazing in "Farewell, My Queen," but I too was disappointed with the lack of plot and character development. I kept waiting for something to happen.

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.”

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.

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".

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Nov 18, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: A couple of brief scenes of nudity.


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