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Genre Drama
Running Time 100 min
Release Date Jul 13, 2012
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Farewell, My Queen (Les adieux a la reine)

Versailles in July 1789. There's growing disquiet at the court of King Louis XVI: the people are defiant and the country is on the brink of revolution. Behind the scenes at the royal palaces emergency plans are being made. Although nobody believes that this spells the end of the established order everyone is talking of escape, including Queen Marie Antoinette and her entourage. One of Marie Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting is Sidonie Laborde who, as the Queen's reader, is a member of the monarch's… Show more

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July 27, 2012 - Boston.com - By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

Forget that documentary opening Friday about the couple in Florida with the big, big house. Here’s the real queen of Versailles, the most famous one of all. Diane Kruger plays Marie Antoinette in Benoît Jacquot’s historical drama about the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Bastille — the movie begins on July 14, 1789, and takes place over the next few days — as seen through the eyes of the queen’s designated book reader. That’s right, under the Ancien Regime royals couldn’t even be bothered to read their own books. Since Léa Seydoux plays the servant, these are kitty-cat eyes, narrow and knowing.

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