Sumptuous and intimate, Benoît Jacquot’s portrayal of court life at Versailles during four crucial days of the French Revolution is a fascinating picture of social breakdown—mounting chaos calmly observed.
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Quite an interesting look at beauty, loyalty and seduction at the beginning of the French revolution. Léa Seydoux, consistently good, puts in another solid performance as Marie Antoinette's reader in this well plotted and subtle period piece that relies more on the relationships than it does on setting to reveal it's story. 3.5 stars
Holds one's interest with a unusual peek into the life of servants at Versailles. The cinematography captures the cramped halls and chaos behind the scenes, as well as the wide-open spaces of the formal salon rooms with their slow, regal pacing. Great costuming and set dressing. Finally a good part for Kruger. Seydoux is appropriately mysterious, riveting, and intelligent. That green dress is to die for.
Una fastuosa producción de época (sobre el trágico destino de María Antonieta y los inicios de la revolución francesa) que reúna en una sola película a Virginie Ledoyen, Diane Kruger y Léa Seydoux (la fría asesina a sueldo de Misión Imposible 4), sencillamente no puede tener desperdicio.
What may appear as a royal servant's unconsumed erotic attraction for the ill-fated Queen, is in fact the essence of Versailles idealism. When this idealism is disowned by the Queen herself in the last hours of her reign, the story makes its subtle point about the inevitability of Revolution. Insightful, underrated, excellent. A perfect companion piece to Rohmer's 'The Lady and the Duke'.
Such a beautiful film. The fact that it was so "visually pure" contrasted with the messiness of the story. For all the rats in the water you still wanted to touch it, for all the corruption of some characters you still wanted them to show up.
Loved it. Seydoux's performance was revelatory. I enjoyed how the frenzied camera movement communicated Sidonie's adolescent nervousness as well as the hectic lives of the servants at Versailles (which contrasts otherwise sweeping camera movements). Some scenes were very dreamlike, and there was something very ghostly and oneiric to the image of those people walking about dark Versailles corridors with lit candles.