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Farewell, My Queen

This film is part of Duke University's Screen/Society -- Tournees French Film Festival.

Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the final days before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution. Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, the film stars Léa Seydoux as one of Marie's ladies-in-waiting, seemingly an innocent but quietly working her way into her mistress's special favors, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. With the action moving effortlessly from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them, this is a period film at once accurate and sumptuous in its visual details and modern in its emotions.

This film is FREE and open to the public.

In French, German, Italian, and English with English subtitles.

Running time: 1 hr 40 mins.

Show time is 7:00 PM, let's gather in the lobby 15 minutes beforehand. Afterwards, let's head to Mediterra Grill at 2608 Erwin Rd for food/discussion.

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  • Shawna

    I really liked this film and its narrative through Sidonie. I thought the themes of class, desire, and betrayal were depicted well with the emotional fragility of misguided loyalty. Six Plates afterwards was a nice time. I looked up the (familiar looking) actress that played Marie, she was the singer in Joyeux Noel and in the french cinema scene in Inglourious Basterds.

    October 8, 2013

    • Elizabeth J.

      Ah, I must recognize her from Joyeaux Noel. (I boycott Tarantino films. ;-) ... I liked the movie too although with Sidonie as the central figure, I lost interest in scenes that didn't contain her. It might have helped me to know more about that period of history, so thank you, Beverly, for giving me more information on that.

      October 8, 2013

  • Vicki L B.

    I wanted to see this but I am not going to be able to make it tonight.

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a 'maybe' on this one.

    October 7, 2013

  • Joseph

    I remembered watching this film when it came out in Chelsea -- an intense film about the waning years of the French aristocracy prior to the French Revolution. I love naratives (cinematic or in prose) that are told from the lenses of the ordinary and common in (re)telling a story, or in this case, a history. I always like Lea Seydoux and in this film her penetrating gaze and commitment to her character could not have worked to the film's great advantage. Although after a while, I felt claustrophobic but that might have been just me.

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a phenomenal film, would love to see it again!

    September 19, 2013

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