Les Adieux A La Reine – **(*)

Posted: April 28, 2015 in 2012, Costume Drama, Drama, France, XX1/2

With every visit of Versailles comes the desire to learn more about the life in the exuberant estate. It’s one thing to walk around on its premises amongst thousands of other tourists. It’s another to sit back, relax and enjoy the splendor of movies like Les Adieux A La Reine.  This little known French production has a stellar cast, enough contemporary humor to make it not a dull historical piece and tons of little details that are often overlooked by others filming in the baroque palace. Fans of the queen Marie Antoinette aren’t going to be happy with the fascinating portrayal by Diane Kruger of their beloved queen. She’s only in a few scenes, but turns the famed royal into an arrogant, moody, egocentric, but gorgeous bitch who abuses the adoration of her story reader for personal benefit. Lea Seydoux is equally excellent as the main character, a girl who reads stories to the Queen and who would do anything to be in her favor. Virginie Ledoyen looks stunning too, but has too little screen time to fully embody her character (Marie Antoinette’s best friend). This could easily have been made as a four episode tv series. But as a feature movie it works as well. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1753813

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