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Farewell, My Queen (2012)

Les adieux à la reine (original title)
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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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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
Marthe Caufman ...
La domestique Alice
Vladimir Consigny ...
René dit Paolo
Dominique Reymond ...
Madame de Rochereuil
Anne Benoît ...
Rose Bertin
Hervé Pierre ...
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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Storyline

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

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

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21 March 2012 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€851,062 (France), 25 March 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,100, 15 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$72,100, 15 July 2012
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Diane Kruger's mother and Marie Antoinette's mother share the same name: Marie Therese. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Unconventionally wonderful period film.
13 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

A marvelous film. Very rarely does a film based on fact, especially a story as infamous as this one, succeed at creating such tension despite the fact that everyone knows pretty much what is going on and what will happen (United 93 springs to mind). As it is director Benoît Jacquot and his team have done a incredible job in capturing the confusion, uncertainty and pure dread that those living at Versailles in the final days of the Monarchy must have felt. Seriously, anyone who's ever dismissed period dramas and films based on true stories as "stuffy", slow and boring should give this one a shot. The cast is also exceptionally strong, led by a group of immensely talented female performers. The only downside is really the ending, unfortunately, slightly anticlimactic and a bit of a let down.


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