This movie explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at sixteen and widowed at eighteen, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But England is under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), who wishes the reduce the perceived threat from Mary. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female rulers in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to succeed to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.Written by
Director Josie Rourke had to convince the studio not to delete the scene where Queen Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) has her period. She stated that "those were instructive discussions about how honest we were being about women's bodies and what they do, women's pleasure and what that is, and a Queen's body as a political canvas." She added that "it happens to half of us", so "we need to show this stuff. It does need normalizing." See more »
The movie takes place over 16 years. Neither queen seems to age, their hair doesn't go grey, and they don't gain or lose weight. The only exception is Queen Elizabeth's smallpox, which gradually improves, but leaves her face permanently scarred. See more »
It is enough my own Lords treat me as though I'm but a girl. I will not be treated as such by Elizabeth. I will be the woman she is not. I shall produce an heir, unlike her barren self.
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My God the historic inaccuracies are beyond... sorry guys but in those days Scotland nor England had the bast empire they later had during Victorian Era...seems the movie is confusing Isabel 1st with Victoria...where did all the black Nobles came from?...my God...I give it a 4, i'm deducting 2 just for the destruction of History confusing the young.
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