Marie Antoinette

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2006


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Sofia Coppola
Marie Antoinette is a Sophia Coppola film loosely based on the real life of Marie Antoinette. The film was released in 2006 and won many awards including an academy award for best costume design. Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst) is a beautiful, curious, and an innocent young 14-year old girl whose mother is Maria Theresa (Marianne Faithfull), empress of Austria. Maria Theresa arranges a marriage between Marie and the French heir to throne, Louis XVI, or, the Dauphin (Jason Schwartzman). Marie and Louis XVI are united, and their marriage fortifies the bond between France and Austria. Marie Antoinette tries to satisfy her new role, but finds her new life a bit suffocating. She breaks the stereotype by accompanying her husband on hunting excursions, and making rude gestures and remarks at formal gatherings. She also begins to live in excess, she buys an exaggerated amount of jewelry, and parties until the wee hours of the morning. King Louis XV dies unexpectedly, and the Dauphin is made King. Marie Antoinette is now Queen, but she has already made a bad name for herself. As the financial crisis in France worsens, so does Marie's reputation. Will Marie Antoinette harness her childlike impulsiveness in time for the French Revolution? This movie is worth watching for the costumes and colors alone. Two thumbs up!moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Marie Antoinette gives a wide berth to the conventions of period dramas, especially their time-capsule remove, and instead tries to mainline the singular personal experience of the...

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A thoroughly modern confection, blending insouciance and sophistication, heartfelt longing and self-conscious posing with the guileless self-assurance of a great pop song. What to ...

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    It is far from unpleasant to watch an attractive cast led by Kirsten Dunst parading around Versailles accoutered in Milena Canonero's luxuriant costumes to the accompaniment of cat...

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period piece, love story, Biography, hip soundtrack, the high class