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dorothygale's avatar


It's easy to dish on Marie Antoinette: historians have been doing it for years on end. Much more daring is to praise and understand her - which is what Sofia Coppola does in this colourful movie. It's not a movie about French history, it's a movie about the loneliness of being female. We are invited to see through Marie's eyes: she's an young, inexperienced girl brutally taken from her home and thrown into a realm she new little about, stripped bare and forced to produce an heir with her indifferent husband. Trapped into the court of Versailles, where she has little right of being herself, she directs her bubbly energy into partying and shopping - reminescent of what so many socialites do today. Marie, however, didn't invent such lifestyle: it is shown that the French count already indulged themselves in such excess before Antoinette's arrival, meaning it was but a matter of time until their economy ate itself. Marie Antoinette was a symbol and scapegoat, a victim of the circumstances.
Coppola does a good job bringing Antoinette's human side to light through luscious photography and pacing: when Marie is excited, the movie's timing is more energetic; when she's bored, the movie drags on. The border scene is a good example of symbolism: Marie has her dog, symbol of her family home, taken away from her, and is told she can have "as many French dogs as she'd like": later in the movie, she is shown to have countless dogs, in a vain effort to replace the one she loved. Still during the border scene, notice how, as she leaves Austria and arrive in France, Marie wears blue: a symbol of her inner sadness. There is more to this movie than pretty costumes if you're willing to look, and understand Marie Antoinette's side of the history.
8 years 6 months ago
greenhorg's avatar


Is this movie implying we should guillotine the Kardashians?
8 years 7 months ago
Plithith's avatar


I think this is an under-appreciated film. Not only is it beautifully shot and beautiful to watch, but it tells its story from a fairly historically accurate and interesting perspective. Historically accurate for the time, of course. The soundtrack is also quite good.
9 years 3 months ago
Malena's avatar


Coppola handles the life of Marie Antoinette in an unexpected way. She seems more like a lost child than a wicked queen! The cinematography is amazing, the costumes, the settings are simply wonderful. I was astonished about the converse shoes being in one scene but I read that it was left there on purpose?!
9 years 4 months ago
dajmasta94's avatar


So good. The way Coppola handles this is a perfect example of playing on expectations in order to make you think deeper about things we think we already know. Every choice she makes that seems off putting at first has a genuine role in getting her point across. It's very cinematic in that way and it does not mind breaking rules or potentially alienating certain people. I've been pretty mixed about how I feel about Coppola's work but this one really worked for me.
2 years 5 months ago
kottonen's avatar


An absolutely stunning film, where every frame is worthy of a central place on your wall. I am yet to see Virgin Suicides, but I expect it to have parts that mirror bits of Marie Antoinette (at the very least, Kirsten Dunst in the grass, looking at bugs, escaping people).

Sofia Coppola has a talent for giving you the emotional truth, for using just enough strokes to suggest the whole painting, for kickass soundtracks. It would be worthwhile to compare the historical narrative with the cinematic one here, to not treat the latter as factual, but Coppola's Marie Antoinette was never quite given the time or the reason to grow up. Life is beautiful and full of rules and restrictions, and your only freedom is in the matters which are considered frivolous.

The film was criticised for not providing enough of a historical background, for having the French Revolution just happen. I would think that is a conscious decision: whether the king and the queen were actually drinking tea on a lawn as the Bastille prison was taken over is irrelevant. It is through the omission of other characters, by surrounding the protagonist exclusively with aristocracy and servants (sometimes, aristocratic servants) that we recognise her isolation and the inability to comprehend what's happening outside the court.

The film plays around with the famous saying about cake, pointing out that Marie Antoinette had never actually said that, but providing enough images of pastries to preserve the connection. I love eclairs; should it be a wonder that I loved this?
3 years 5 months ago
demagogo's avatar


The royalty had feelings too :(
5 years 1 month ago
kosmiske's avatar


Gorgeous cinematography.
9 years 5 months ago
mandapuspi's avatar


It was a let down. I expected more since it's Sofia Coppola's work. It was dull, boring, and like Marie Antoinette herself, the film seemed to only concern in make-up department, gorgeous costumes and decoration and great music.
8 years ago
thaisquisito's avatar


Very pretty to watch.
8 years 2 months ago
daisyaday's avatar


This movie was meant to be fun, not serious, or why would they put a pair of blue high top sneakers in her closet? Check it out.
8 years 4 months ago
Momalish's avatar


This is one of the very few movies of which I can appreciate style over substance. Not the best if you're after something historically viable, but the visuals are def redeeming enough for me.
9 years 3 months ago
Sellaro's avatar


Amazing soundtrack
9 years 7 months ago
filmyjo's avatar


Epic movie from Sofia Coppola. Kirsten Dunst is wonderful choice for Marie Antoinette. Loved it. 9/10.
5 years 2 months ago
Alias's avatar


How the fuck isn't this on any lists???
9 years 3 months ago

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