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Marie Antoinette

Directed by Sofia Coppola
France, Japan, 2006
Drama, History, Biography


Dreamlike portrait, with a hip, contemporary soundtrack, of France’s ill-fated queen from her years as a teenager in Versailles to the end of her reign during the French Revolution at the end of the 18th Century.

Our take

Many greeted Sofia Coppola’s provocatively anachronistic follow-up to her Lost in Translation success with bafflement. With time, both the audacity of her pink punk period piece and her compassionate evocation of a woman under extreme circumstances has proven at once riotous, charming and enduring.

Marie Antoinette Directed by Sofia Coppola

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2006 | 2 wins including: Cinema Prize of the French National Education System

Academy Awards

2007 | Winner: Best Achievement in Costume Design

BAFTA Awards

2007 | 3 nominations including: Best Production Design

Depending on who you talk to, Marie Antoinette is as empty as an empty bottle of perfume, or as powerful as a multi-million-dollar ad campaign. What no one argues over: the target audience. Sofia Coppola makes films for young women, serves them up like cake and laces the icing with dissent. Marie Antoinette may look like it’s selling something, but it’s pushing revolution.
April 20, 2018
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The movie is blissed out enough to come off as a two-hour brunch with the girls: all frivolous gossip and leisure, no substance. But that, of course, is the movie’s premise. It was also one of the premises of Marie Antoinette’s existence and a major factor in her death. It’s the essence of Coppola’s own style as a filmmaker to revel in moods and surfaces — not to obscure her characters’ inner worlds or ignore their greater contexts, but rather to draw them out through a mere semblance of style.
July 27, 2017
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With Coppola’s films, sight and insight are inseparable from the start; her Marie Antoinette, the poor little rich girl of Versailles, bursts the bonds of historical cliché to become our sensitive, inspired, and constrained contemporary.
August 09, 2016
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