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The Favourite (2018)

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In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

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Yorgos Lanthimos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Colman ... Queen Anne
Rachel Weisz ... Lady Sarah
Emma Delves Emma Delves ... Queen's Maid
Faye Daveney Faye Daveney ... Sarah's Maid
Emma Stone ... Abigail
Paul Swaine Paul Swaine ... Wanking Man
Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Mrs Meg
LillyRose Stevens LillyRose Stevens ... Sally
Denise Mack Denise Mack ... Kitchen Servant
James Smith ... Godolphin
Mark Gatiss ... Lord Marlborough
Horatio Horatio ... Fastest Duck in the City
Willem Dalby ... Central Tory Booker
Edward Aczel Edward Aczel ... Earl of Stratford
Carolyn Saint-Pé ... Madame Tournée
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Storyline

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the First time Yorgos Lanthimos directed a film in which he is not the screenwriter and nor is his regular partner, Efthimis Filippou. See more »

Quotes

Queen Anne: [after her fall] They were all staring, weren't they? I can tell even if I can't see. And I heard the word fat! Fat and ugly!
Lady Sarah: Anne, no one but me would dare and I did not.
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The End Credits wrongly credit Vivaldi for a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach. See more »

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My favourite Lanthimos movie so far
10 October 2018 | by andrewrhaoSee all my reviews

Hated all previous three. This piece is more than at times entertaining thanks to the top notch performance by the three leading ladies. What didn't change is that I again wondered for what I watched it.


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