Farewell, My Queen (eOne, 2012) D: Benoît Jacquot, w/ Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger. Rating: NNNN; Blu-ray package: NNN Rating: NNNN
Sidonie (Léa Seydoux), a servant in the palace of Versailles, reads to the Queen, Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger), to whom she is devoted. The queen is affectionate in return. Over three days in 1789, the beginning of the French Revolution, both women's worlds fall apart.
Seydoux and Kruger give flawless performances that take their characters' respective stations in life as givens and focus on the emotions of the moment. At the same time, director Benoît Jacquot focuses entirely on their small story, letting the historical crisis filter in via snatches of gossip.
In his interview, Jacquot has interesting things to say about achieving metaphysical ends by concentrating strictly on the physical.
EXTRAS Jacquot interview, cast and crew interviews. French audio. English, French subtitles.