Written July 23, 2012
Undoubtedly everyone in the theater had read the same "rave" reviews - it was full and even those dreaded front row sweats were taken. This is one of the most boring, uneventful and unbelievable movie I have ever sween. Did I say "boring"? I love subtitled movies, especially French as it is one of my languages, and still say: FORGET IT. Do not waste your time and mone. The little nudity which is probably what earned its R rating, was totally out of character and even the "acting" was robotic. I wish I hade gone with my first instinct: Batman!
Written August 13, 2012
If you like period pieces, love costumes, and are curious about behind the facades of the rich, you'll like this movie. It is not a Gosford Park. It is not an Elizabeth. But it is interesting. I wish the Queen had been played up a little more. And I like movies that leave you wondering about the main character even after you leave the theater.
Written July 23, 2014
...but not what I was looking for.
Written July 31, 2012
It is rare, but at times one recognizes a well-made film, beautifully-acted, a tale resonating with verisimilitude but fails to entice, engross or fully entertain ; "Farewell, My Queen" falls into this category...
Jacquot is successful in depicting the foppery and foibles of the monarchy, myopia and sycophancy of those closeted at Versailles (a gilded prison); ironically, their only means of escape, is disguised as the meager citizens they, without conscience had raped for generations, denying them their inalienable rights...
TWO & 1/2 STARS!!
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Written November 30, 2014
Delicious cinematography, excellent actors, but don't blink if you don't understand French or you'll lose your place.
Very different from Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette.