Marie Antoinette
2006
Sofia Coppola directs a stylized portrait of Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst), the naive Austrian princess who married Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman) to become queen of France at age 19. The film explores the effects of a luxurious yet terribly confining lifestyle on the young queen. Her resulting youthful indiscretion and frivolity ultimately led to her undoing. A Cannes Golden Palm nominee, this biopic also took Oscar honors for costume design.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Like her contemporary Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola's movies are beginning to seem alike, no matter how much she changes the setting. Here's another story of an intelligent, high-spirited young woman bored by the men in her life and trapped in a luxurious, comfortable, and totally lifeless environment. Pity she doesn't have a filmmaking career to work out her upper-class demons like Coppola does.

I kid. Really, I like all of Coppola's innovations here, from focusing so closely on life in Versailles that we understand Marie-Antoinette's royal perspective, to slipping in modern music and props that breathe new life into an aging story. It's a gorgeous movie, set in a world of opulence unequalled by any in our imaginaton; had this been filmed on sets instead of the real palace, they would have won an Oscar. And yet there's a familiarity to it, a lack of excitement, perhaps partly due to how many years Coppola spent preparing this movie before the cameras rolled. It's a good movie with elements of greatness.

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