SOFIA COPPOLA | USA, FRANCE, JAPAN | 2006 | 123 MIN | PG-13 | ENGLISH, LATIN, FRENCH
Forgoing the pomp and circumstance of stale period pieces before, Sofia Coppola invigorates the already decadent French palace of Versailles with lavish production design and costumes leaving little regard for political criticism and even historical accuracy. Coppola reimagines the other worldly, near-absurd life the 14-year-old princess (Kirsten Dunst) must have led when she is sent off to marry a fellow awkward teenager and future king of France, Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman). Immediately treated like an outsider, Marie must navigate the haute fashion and gossip that consumes the court over her delay in producing an heir. But it’s the rumors of revolution in the streets that will consume all chatter and forever change not only France, but the world. Backed by New Order and The Strokes, MARIE ANTOINETTE successfully indulges on the frivolity of the rich to create a fascinating and even sympathetic story of a teen forced to be queen.
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Steve Coogan
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