Yorgos Lanthimos, VS/UK 2018
Language: English, Dutch subtitles
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper.
When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
The Favourite is the latest film by Yorgos Lanthimos, acclaimed director of The Lobster (winner of the jury prize in Cannes) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Best Scenario in Cannes). The Favourite is nominated for five Golden Globes®: Best Film – Musical or Comedy, Best Actrice (Musical or Comedy) – Olivia Colman, Best Female Lead – Emma Stone, Best Female Support – Rachel Weisz and Best Scenario – Deborah David & Tony McNamara. On top of that, the film won two prizes at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Olivia Colman won in the category Best Actrice, and the film also took home the jury prize.
‘Yorgos Lanthimos brings scabrous energy to this dark comedy of 18th-century court intrigue and Colman excels herself’ **** The Guardian
‘an outrageous period comedy with three outstanding performances from Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz’ ***** BBC
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