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630 Ratings

Queen Margot

La reine Margot

Directed by Patrice Chéreau
France, Germany, 1994
Biography, Drama, History


Margot is an heiress to the throne during the late 16th century reign of the neurotic, hypochondriac King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a time when Protestants and Catholics are vying for political control of France.

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Queen Margot Directed by Patrice Chéreau

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1994 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Academy Awards

1995 | Nominee: Best Costume Design

The movie swoons from set piece to set piece, Chéreau’s restless camera accompanied by the keening of the Israeli mezzo soprano Ofra Haza. The boar hunt in which Margot’s older brother, the neurotic King Charles (Jean-Hugues Anglade), is gored and then saved by the captive Henri is nearly as savage as the massacre, but even when Charles isn’t literally sweating blood, it’s all pretty hot stuff.
September 18, 2014
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This movie ruined me. I was 11 when it was released and was living in France at the time; I have since seen it more than 20 times, in various countries and states of undress. It haunts me still; I knew so young that, like Margot, I would be a survivor even when I’d want to be the martyr. It is hard to accept that no matter how depressive a realist you are, there are no escape routes save for fleeting passions.
June 19, 2014
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Though Queen Margot’s sound, sets, costumes, and camerawork collectively stun, Chéreau prioritized his actors, and he gave his ensemble ample freedom to perform. Adjani and Auteuil in particular engage in a delicate, uncertain series of movements together, standing off squarely at some points and collapsing united at others.
May 07, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Queen Margot

    Exceptionally well-paced for a period film -- it often feels as though events are unfolding in real-time. It's also visually astonishing. Juxtaposes sumptuous and wretched imagery very simply, but strikingly. The stirring image of a shocked Adjani, cupping her hands to her mouth, white gown splattered with blood, was often censored or replaced in western marketing; a shame, as it best represents the film.

  • Jason's rating of the film Queen Margot

    Ah, civilization as barbarism, from macro to micro, never better exemplified. Doesn't have the language of Shakespeare, obviously, but does have the scope, and betters the dramaturgy. And young Asia Argento appears. I'm not really a fan of "bodice-rippers," but if all that was available were "bodice-rippers" in which Asia Argento appears, I would be a pretty happy human person. And one of the great endings!

  • Gia de Almeida's rating of the film Queen Margot

    This film is a feast for the eyes (Adjani definitely helps), the costumes and sets are absolutely lavish. Also, very rarely have I seen a period film that is so well paced. Superbly directed.

  • VENIMOS LOS JODIMOS Y NOS FUIMOS's rating of the film Queen Margot

    Este magistral film representó un exitoso fenómeno para el cine francés; no obstante, el recientemente fallecido realizador Patrice Chèreau no quiso ser visto como un cineasta “de moda”, por lo que su carrera posterior a ésta cinta se mantuvo en un nivel voluntariamente discreto. La imagen de Isabelle Adjani ataviada en un hermoso vestido blanco ensangrentado se ha convertido en un icono del cine de los años noventa.

  • the_mentaculus's rating of the film Queen Margot

    An entire film in heat. At times, it seems to be lost in its own lust, for blood and breasts, favoring decadence and debauchery over linear narrative and character. Thing is, that’s my kind of movie. It’s a costume drama that wants to strip naked, a sprawling film epic craving intimate orgasm. It’s a beautiful contradiction seeking a totality of experience, and the film gets dangerously close to achieving it.

  • Jugu Abraham's rating of the film Queen Margot

    It may be historically inaccurate--blame it on Dumas. Yet the film fascinates with its performances, technicalities, and the stunning addition of a Yiddish song "Elo Hi" from Ofra Haza at the end, especially in a French film. The husband and wife relationship of Margot and Henri is great to study. The film is not merely about Protestants and Catholics--it includes the Jews within its canvas.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Queen Margot

    I keep re-watching this, hoping to find some reason to deny myself the visual pleasure. Alas, it is an exquisite orgy of sets, costumes, camerawork, and acting. Every main character is fully realized with great nuance. Considering its running time, it is exceptionally well-paced. The splendor of the mise en scene is like looking at all the great Baroque paintings of Europe. And the sweating blood effect is superb.

  • Dan Kenneth Gigernes's rating of the film Queen Margot

    The ultra gorgeous Isabella Adjani is a huge highlight in this French costume drama playing a queen who relishes in sex, incestuous relationships and wanders around in blood and corpses. Add a great supporting cast and a sexy appearance by Asia Argento and this is pretty out-of-this-world sexy stuff. A great presentation that is fantastic with beautiful costumes, decor and plenty of cleavages.

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