Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Sofia Coppola (2005)

117min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Sofia Coppola's modernist take on the life of the infamous 18th-century monarch who said "let them eat cake" plays like an extended 1980s pop video. Although based on Antonia Fraser's respected biography, hard fact gives way to a stylised portrait of the naive 14-year-old Austrian princess (a coquettish Kirsten Dunst) as she heads to Versailles to marry the shy Dauphin (a blank Jason Schwartzman). The seven years it took before the consummation of her marriage meant navigating ruthless court protocol, manners and diplomacy, and it's the pressures of privilege that interest Coppola more than any revolutionary incident. Historical authenticity is undercut further by bursts of anachronistic pop music (including a masked rave to Siouxsie and the Banshees's Hong Kong Garden). The film is ravishing to look at, thanks to the production team's unprecedented access to Versailles, but its frothy charm eventually wears thin.

Summary

Account of the life of the extravagant and controversial former queen of France, following her marriage to Louis XVI at the age of 15 and her ascension to the throne at just 19. The couple seek refuge from the intrigue at court in a life of decadent excess, which ultimately serves to seal their fate. Sofia Coppola's historical drama, starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Steve Coogan and Rip Torn.

Cast & Crew

Marie Antoinette Kirsten Dunst
Louis XVI Jason Schwartzman
Ambassador Mercy Steve Coogan
Louis XV Rip Torn
Comtesse de Noailles Judy Davis
Duchesse de Polignac Rose Byrne
Comtesse du Barry Asia Argento
Aunt Victoire Molly Shannon
Director Sofia Coppola
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 20 Oct 2006
Drama