History meets MTV in Sofia Coppola’s contemporary take on the life of the doomed Queen of France in the years leading up to revolution. We are introduced to Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst) as the naïve but charming princess of Austria. In a bid to seal an alliance between the two rival countries, Marie is sent off to France to marry the Dauphin — the future King Louis XVI of France (Jason Schwartzman). The newlyweds might only be 14 and 15 years old, but the pressure is on to produce an heir. Unfortunately, Louis is more interested in making keys than making babies, so Marie spends her time as most typical teenage girls would — drinking champagne, eating cupcakes, trying on shoes and partying until sunrise.
Why You Should See This Film
Coppola and her crew were granted special permission by the French government to film in the actual Palace of Versailles, so the production values are suitably stunning. Then there are the costumes. Marie Antoinette nabbed the Oscar for Best Costume Design by Milena Canonero, who totally nailed her first gig as costume designer for A Clockwork Orange (1971). Since then she’s collaborated regularly with filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson. Keep an eye out for a rogue pair of Chuck Taylor’s which have apparently travelled back in time at least 150 years. Don’t worry — it’s a stylistic decision.
- Year: 2006
- Rating: PG
- Director: Sofia Coppola
- Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn
- Duration: 127 minutes
- Language: English