Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette ★★★★½

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Sofia Coppola has made an art out of representing the enclosing feelings of young women in relation to the modern world but nowhere is that more clear in the tale of one woman who lived more than 250 years ago.

The story of the life of Marie Antoinette is a delicate subject as the famed queen of France was of the young and rebellious kind, a woman that didn't fit into the role she was so supposed to play right away. It was demanded of her to be a woman above all, a woman of the people. She was to deliver descendants to the king and basically nothing else. Meanwhile her heart went out to what most young women's hearts went too: freedom. Yet, living in the far away palace of Versailles all the queen could be satisfied with were the same material things that young women today get settled with. Her life was filled with the most amazing food, clothes and parties. She gambled as if there was no tomorrow, yet she couldn't escape the clutching feeling that kept her locked away in that grand yet ultimately oppressive palace.

Sofia Coppola draws her like she was indeed a woman of our own time. She creates a visual feast of seemingly classic vistas but fills it in each and every corner with the emptiness and ludicrousness of 21st century alienation amongst women. Marie Antoinette is as much a lost, wandering soul as Charlotte in Lost in Translation and an earlier Dunst/Coppola character, Lux Lisbon in The Virgin Suicides. If The Beguiled is anything like the period drama Marie Antoinette was, I'll be first in line to buy my tickets.

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