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Farewell, My Queen Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The story refuses to combust; it's a strangely unsatisfying combination of bloodless observations and unresolved sexuality.

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Benoît Jacquot's film is shackled to a blah bourgeois leftism.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Historical drama set in the early days of the French revolution is intelligent Euro eye candy at its most lavish.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Benoit Jacquot's engrossing film tells a story we know well, seen from a point of view we may not have considered.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Gripping, mature account of Marie Antoinette.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Farewell, My Queen is a French-language historical drama (subtitled in English) about the events in the days leading up to the storming of the Bastille in 1789 -- notably Marie Antoinette's personal relationships with her ladies-in-waiting and special friend. Expect to feel a bit like a voyeur allowed behind the curtains to see a queen undone by the rapid shift in politics and dwelling on the imminent loss of an illicit relationship. There's some nudity (two women are shown naked, one while sleeping), relationships between both opposite- and same-sex couples, a bit of swearing, and deep chasms between social classes.

  • Families can talk about Marie Antoinette: Does she seem as flip and wasteful as some historians have made her out to be? Teens: What did you know about her before seeing Farewell, My Queen?
  • What keeps Sidonie loyal, given how the queen doesn't exactly feel the same toward her? For that matter, what drives the royal-and-royal-subject dynamic?
  • Discuss the affair at the heart of the film. Is it true? Do historians really know? How could you find out more?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The class system is clearly in effect, and the power dynamic has very damaging consequences. The ladies-in-waiting in the queen's court are treated somewhat well, but not that well.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Sidonie is extremely loyal to her queen -- a feeling that, no surprise, isn't returned with as much fervor. Marie Antoinette is intense, capricious, and capable of both great acts of generosity and selfishness. She was also known for her material excesses, some of which is on display here.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The storming of the Bastille plays a role in the story, but it's more discussed than shown.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A woman is shown disrobing and stands naked for a short time, her entire body exposed. Another woman is seen asleep naked. Innuendoes and talk of sex. Furtive sexual relationships between both opposite- and same-sex couples.

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent swearing (in subtitles) includes the word "s--t." A man's anatomy is mentioned.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some period-accurate drinking of wine and liqueur.