The Film Club’s  theatrical movie pick for September 2012 is FAREWELL, MY QUEEN. It opening at the Grand Cinema on Friday, August 21, and is now playing in its second week. Per usual, it is prudent to get yourselves out there and see this film as soon as it is convenient, because a 2-week run might be all there is.

Rating: R
Length: 100 minutes
Year: 2012
Actors: Diane Kruger, Léa Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen, Xavier Beauvois, Noémie Lvovsky

Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the final days before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution. Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, the film stars Léa Seydoux as one of Marie’s ladies-in-waiting, seemingly an innocent but quietly working her way into her mistress’s special favors, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. With the action moving effortlessly from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them, this is a period film at once accurate and sumptuous in its visual details and modern in its emotions.

Contains some French, German and Italian with English subtitles.

Benoit Jacquot’s engrossing film tells a story we know well, seen from a point of view we may not have considered. — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Benoît Jacquot’s tense, absorbing, pleasurably original look at three days in the life and lies of a doomed monarch … — Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Matching the strength of these actresses and their personal drama is the film’s masterful sense of time and place – the way it makes us feel that this was how it was during four pivotal days in July 1789 as the wheels came off the French monarchy. — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


Fri Aug 31, 2012 (1:50), 6:25
Sat Sep 1, 2012 (11:40 AM), (1:50), 6:25
Sun Sep 2, 2012 (11:40 AM), (1:50), 6:25
Mon Sep 3, 2012 (11:40 AM), (1:50), 6:25
Tue Sep 4, 2012 6:25
Wed Sep 5, 2012 (1:50), 6:25
Thu Sep 6, 2012 (1:50), 6:25


This is a perfect film to be included in the Club’s theme this month:

“Chaos will reign as governments collapse.”

See you at the movies!


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