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Farewell, My Queen (2012)
"Les adieux à la reine" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  21 March 2012 (France)
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A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
La duchesse Gabrielle de Polignac
Henriette Genest dite Madame Campan
Jacob-Nicolas Moreau - l'archiviste de Versailles
La servante Honorine Aubert (as Julie-Marie Parmentier de la Comédie Française)
Lolita Chammah ...
La domestique Louison
Marthe Caufman ...
La domestique Alice
Vladimir Consigny ...
René dit Paolo
Dominique Reymond ...
Madame de Rochereuil
Anne Benoît ...
Hervé Pierre ...
L'abbé Hérissé (as Hervé Pierre Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Aladin Reibel ...
L'abbé Cornu de la Balivière
Monsieur de Jolivet


In July 1789, the French Revolution is rumbling. Far from the turmoil, at the Château de Versailles, King Louis XVI, Queen Marie-Antoinette and their courtiers keep on living their usual carefree lives. But when the news of the storming of the Bastille reaches them, panic sets in and most of the aristocrats and their servants desert the sinking ship, leaving the Royal Family practically alone. Which is not the case of Sidonie Laborde, the Queen's reader, a young woman, entirely devoted to her mistress; she will not give her up under any circumstances. What Sidonie does not know yet is that these are the last three days she will spend in the company of her beloved Queen... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 March 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Farewell, My Queen  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$72,100 (USA) (13 July 2012)


$72,100 (USA) (13 July 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Diane Kruger's mother and Marie Antoinette's mother share the same name: Marie Therese. See more »


On several occasions when soldiers are marching through the main and side gates of Versailles, and also when Sidonie goes to Le Petite Trianon for the first time and falls into a puddle, you can clearly see the very 21st century anti-terrorism concrete security barriers and bollards flanking the gates. See more »


Agathe-Sidonie Laborde: May I try to attain what Madame Campan couldn't?
Agathe-Sidonie Laborde: I'm better placed to find the words necessary.
Agathe-Sidonie Laborde: I know these words Majesty. From the books I read to you.
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Life at Versailles
5 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Farewell My Queen screened recently at the Rendezvous with French Cinema festival in New York. A different take on the oft-told story of Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille, this French film focuses on the difficult behind-the-scenes life at Versailles. An "Upstairs Downstairs" at the grandest palace of all, the protagonist is not the queen but rather her "lectrice" - a lady in waiting whose job is to read books to the bored Marie Antoinette. The film is best at depicting the petty backstabbing, gossiping and ambitions of the hangers-on at court. The crowded and dirty "back stairs" rooms are vividly contrasted to the opulence of the grand state halls. A well acted, nicely paced historical drama.

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