The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.
Three years into the American Civil War, in 1864, the dilapidated mansion of Miss Martha Farnsworth's Seminary for Young Ladies is still running, occupied by the matriarch, a teacher and five students in Spanish moss-draped Virginia. However, when a young student stumbles upon Corporal John McBurney, a wounded Union deserter on the verge of death, the already frail balance of things will be disrupted, as the hesitant headmistress decides to take him in to heal from his injury. Little by little, as the unwelcome guest arouses an uneasy sexual excitation among the women of the secluded boarding school, it is not before long that they will find themselves competing for the alluring man's favour. Undoubtedly, this handsome devil is a manipulator, nevertheless, will the ladies stay forever beguiled by his charm?Written by
Sofia Coppola teamed with production designer Anne Ross for the fifth time and with costume designer Stacey Battat for the fourth time. Anne Ross was the one who suggested Sofia Coppola to check out the novel for a potential adaptation. See more »
Corporal McBurney sets about sharpening a tool on a whetstone wheel in the garden during his rehabilitation. However, he spins the wheel towards himself as he begins to get it going. This is incorrect. The wheel should be spun away from the user, so that the tool "skims" over the surface, and doesn't have a chance of digging into the wheel and jamming the tool into the user. See more »
This film does have a distinct visual appeal to it, as well as overall solid performances. However, the underlying tension that Coppola I think was going for doesn't really materialize. Instead the viewer is left with feelings of frustration because we know what we're supposed to be feeling, or what we think we should, but the director just can't make it happen. In part this is due to her going for style in place of substance, when these need not be mutually exclusive.
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