Carole Bethuel/Cohen Media Group
Owen Gleiberman
July 18, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Farewell My Queen

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/13/12
performer
Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen, Xavier Beauvois
director
Benoit Jacquot
author
Benoit Jacquot, Gilles Taurand
genre
Epic, Drama

We gave it a C

You’d think that an ambitious French director, dramatizing the days before Marie Antoinette fled Versailles, would have some new insight into the ways of the decadent royals. But Benoît Jacquot’s film is shackled to a blah bourgeois leftism: The queen (Diane Kruger), a naive chatterbox, is seen through the eyes of one of her handmaidens, played by Léa Seydoux as a pouting princess prole with no dimension beyond her shrewd quietude. Farewell, My Queen was shot in Versailles, but its flat schematism only highlights that the backdrops had a better story to tell. C

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