We’ve certainly read stories and seen films on the life of French Queen Marie Antoinette over the years.
This version, “Farewell, My Queen,” is told during the beginning of the French Revolution (July 1789), through the eyes of a servant girl, Sidonie Laborde (Lea Seydoux), who works as the queen’s reader.
Most of the story occurs in the back hallways of Versailles, where ladies-in-waiting, palace guards, coachmen and cooks all gather to wait to be called on to serve the royal family in one way or another.
Sidonie feels privileged to be working in the queen’s (Diane Kruger’s) inner circle. She so respects the queen that she develops a growing infatuation for the monarch.
However, most of the Queen’s affections are not aimed at the girl or the Queen’s famous husband, King Louis XVI, but at her aristocratic obsession, Gabrielle de Polignac (Virginie Ledoyen), who leaves even the queen quivering in her erotic presence.
Yes, there is a fair degree of sensuality that permeates this seductive French film, from the jealous ingenue to the sultry Gabrielle to the queen herself.
As the royal court prepares to make a hasty royal exit from the French palace, Sidonie is called on by the queen to accomplish a task that could put the young girl in grave danger.
It’s a realization that Sidonie might not be as much in the queen’s favor as she thought she was. Time to wake up, girl. It’s a new world out there, and you need to get ready for it, before the peasants crash the palace gates.