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Farewell, My Queen Reviews

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Roger Smith
FILMINK (Australia)

Farewell, My Queen is a knife-edge drama that steadily builds tension that at times becomes as unbearably tense as the relationship between the three leading ladies.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

February 7, 2014
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Sidonie is a character who literally eavesdrops on history, becoming the audience's first-person yet second-hand source for such significant events as the storming of the Bastille...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2014
Kristin M. Jones
Film Comment Magazine

His portrait loses some of its eerie power through the ugly twist at the film's conclusion, but she remains a fascinating enigma, and touchingly human.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 5, 2013

Like the Americans, the French are infatuated with their history. They also love long close-ups of beautiful women in period costume. These elements combine in this painfully pretty period chamber piece.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 28, 2013
Alice Tynan

It is the life of Versailles that Jacquot captures: all the petty politics, positioning and preening. And that is simply a glorious sight to see.

Full Review Source: Limelight | Original Score: 4/5

June 6, 2013
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

While it does not hang together as a whole, Farewell, My Queen is still an interesting and engaging film that should be overall commended for what it does achieve.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 6, 2013
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

It's kind of the Rosencrantz and Gulidenstern Are Dead approach to history, observing it from the perspective of a "minor character", and it works ... it's a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history from, essentially, a safe bystander.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 5, 2013
Simon Weaving

A strangely mixed film, sliding from intimate scenes of royal indolence to muted panic in candlelit corridors, a distinct undercurrent of detached uncertainty always present in both story and style.

Full Review Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Visually sumptuous, this French Spanish co-production about the last days of Marie Antoinette is a far cry from Sofia Coppola's 2006 lollypop version

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 1, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 22, 2013

Miami Herald
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Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 22, 2013
Simon Foster

The complex triangle at the dark heart of his film, set against the surging social change of a nation, makes for both a superb historical epic and a compelling human drama.

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January 20, 2013
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The film shows both sides of the social spectrum within the court akin to "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey," but with bloodthirsty rabble at the door.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 15, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Jacquot masterfully gets across the politics, jealousies and jockeying of court life...and Romain Winding has achieved the beautiful look of natural lighting in lush interiors and shadowy corridors with the director's first foray into digital filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 14, 2013
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

By the time Seydoux realizes what's in store for her and her queen, we're almost as surprised as she is.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: B+

January 9, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

History doesn't let us feel much sympathy for Marie Antoinette. But "Farewell, My Queen" almost has us rooting for her and those who love her by its finale.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

An urgent look at the fall of Versailles

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

October 20, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It was a very pleasant surprise to find that this was far from your average Marie Antoinette biopic.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2012
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As a portrait of a world ending, it's frequently compelling stuff.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 6, 2012
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Jacquot has chosen wisely in casting Léa Seydoux in the key role of Sidonie, whose luminous but watchful eyes suggest a soul wise beyond her years.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 24, 2012
Mark Jenkins
January 22, 2013
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