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

 -  Drama | History  -  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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La duchesse Gabrielle de Polignac
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Henriette Genest dite Madame Campan
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Jacob-Nicolas Moreau - l'archiviste de Versailles
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La servante Honorine Aubert (as Julie-Marie Parmentier de la Comédie Française)
Lolita Chammah ...
La domestique Louison
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René dit Paolo
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L'abbé Hérissé (as Hervé Pierre Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Aladin Reibel ...
L'abbé Cornu de la Balivière
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Monsieur de Jolivet
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$72,100 (USA) (13 July 2012)
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In this movie, Diane Kruger speaks French with a German/Austrian accent - which is undoubtedly how the Austrian-born Marie Antoinette would have spoken herself. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Agathe-Sidonie Laborde: In a way, Your Majesty, you're asking me to go as bait.
La reine Marie Antoinette: An ugly word for a pretty mouth!
Agathe-Sidonie Laborde: Words are all I possess. I wield them well.
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The Last Days of Royalty
31 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

It's July, 1789, and French citizenry is starting to revolt.

This film is about Queen Marie Antoninette (Diane Kruger) and her book reader (Léa Seydoux).

The french court is hold up at Château de Versailles. When the news of the storming of the Bastille reaches them, panic sets in and the King's entourage start slipping away.

It's fascinating to see the various reaction as rumors start to spread. Léa Seydoux is great as the doe-eyed true believer. It is disconcerting to know her true naivety even though she has no idea. It's the source of the tension, but it's also infuriating. Diane Kruger is fine, but I thought that it wasn't quite big enough. However, the climax was just right.


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