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Mary Queen of Scots (2013)

A queen who lost three kingdoms. A wife who lost three husbands. A woman who lost her head.


Thomas Imbach


Thomas Imbach, Stefan Zweig (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Camille Rutherford ... Mary
Mehdi Dehbi ... David Riccio
Sean Biggerstaff ... Bothwell
Aneurin Barnard ... Darnley
Edward Hogg ... Moray
Tony Curran ... John Knox
François Florey François Florey ... French Nobleman
Bruno Todeschini ... De Croc
Joana Preiss ... Marie de Guise
Vittoria Turelli Vittoria Turelli ... Young Mary Seton
Lana Brasileiro Lana Brasileiro ... Young Mary Livingstone
Roxane Duran ... Mary Seton
Ornella Turelli Ornella Turelli ... Young Mary Fleming
Gaia Weiss ... Mary Fleming
Thilane Bifrare Thilane Bifrare ... Young Mary Beaton


Mary Queen of Scots spends her childhood in France and is meant to become also Queen of France. However, her ailing husband dies and the young widow returns alone to Scotland, a country devastated by war. Elizabeth has just become Queen of England, for Mary she is like a twin sister to whom she can open her heart. Mary weds again and gives birth to an heir to the thrown. Her second husband, Lord Darnley, proves to be a weakling. When Mary finds the love of her life, the Earl of Bothwell, she has Darnley murdered and marries Bothwell. Horrified by this deed and the blind passion that motivated it, both the nobles and the people of Scotland spurn her. To avert a bloody battle, Mary is compelled to give up her beloved Bothwell. In desperate straits, she turns to Elizabeth for help. In response, the Queen of England imprisons her. After 19 years spent in a golden cage, Mary finds release at last: Elizabeth sends her to the block. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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An implausibly clean-cut 16th century Scotland...
24 May 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

This is not as bad as I feared it might be - though the acting leaves quite a lot to be desired. It looks every inch the part - the attention to detail, costumes, some of the local scenery etc. is professional and stylish. The sensible mix of Francophone actors adds quite a bit of authenticity to the narrative - and goes some way to explaining what, aside from her faith, drove the wedge between the Queen and her people that contributed significantly to her downfall. Camille Rutherford does a decent enough job, though at times she is just a bit too sterile, but Sean Biggerstaff is just too wooden as Bothwell and Aneurin Bernard even worse as the profligate libertine Darnley - but then he always does look way too boyish and innocent to play meatier parts. The Riccio part - from Mehdi Dehbu - is also very undercooked; how he wormed his way into such a position of influence is barely touched upon and his death - the stuff of the famous painting at Holyrood, sanitised and devoid of the documented frenzy. It's got a slightly curious soundtrack to it, too - and the narrative darts about a bit which can be distracting if you vaguely know the chronology of the history.

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12 November 2014 (France) See more »

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Romainmôtier, Switzerland See more »


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