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"Farewell my Queen" is the flipside of Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" - CinemaDave

Jul. 18th, 2012 10:16 am "Farewell my Queen" is the flipside of Coppola's "Marie Antoinette"

Leona Hensley, Bernie Madoff and Scott Rothstein, three mega millionaires whose fall from power became a public spectacle. As history often reminds us, those who forget the mistakes of the past are often condemned to repeat them. Two films, **Farewell My Queen** and **Queen of Versailles** open tomorrow that explores George Santayana's famous historical quotation, but with a humane perspective.

**Farewell My Queen** is taken from the perspective of Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux), the lady in waiting to Queen Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger). The Queen and the Maiden share a love of reading saucy books from the royal library. With an emphasis upon fantasy, the Queen and her Hand Maiden overlook neighborhood poverty or that dead rats are floating up the river. After the storming of the Bastille, the Queen's decadent reign starts to crumble.

A french movie with English subtitles, **Farewell My Queen** has a touch of **Upstairs/Downstairs** and **Downtown Abbey.** For history junkies, this film presents Castle Versailles with glorious cinematography. As the queen who suffers from attention deficit disorder, Diane Kruger provides a grand performance, mixing public generosity with acute selfishness. **Farewell My Queen** is a beautiful downer.

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