Sofia Coppola’s Revisionist Take On “Marie Antoinette”

Marie Antoinette

Drama | R-13 | 2 hrs 3 m
Columbia Pictures
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Often maligned, passionately debated and ultimately a misunderstood young woman, Marie Antoinette through Coppola’s vision, emerges neither as staid historical villain nor divine idol — but as a confused and lonely teenage outsider thrust against her will into a decadent and scandal-plagued world on the eve of disaster.

The critically acclaimed film will be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4 & Greenbelt 3).

Sofia Coppola brings to the screen a fresh interpretation of the life of France’s legendary teenage queen. In the film, the naïve Marie Antoinette (Dunst) at the age of 14 is betrothed to King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman), and is thrown into the opulent French court, which is steeped in conspiracy and scandal. Alone, without guidance, and adrift in a dangerous world, the young Marie Antoinette rebels against the isolated atmosphere at Versailles and, in the process, becomes France’s most misunderstood monarch.

“Marie Antoinette” marks writer/director Sofia Coppola’s third feature film, and by far her most ambitious. She transforms the misunderstood Marie Antoinette through her refreshingly modern and upbeat approach that’s devoid of conventions of period pieces. In its place, she has created a moving story of adolescent angst and spirit that transcends its time. Coppola’s strikingly personal vision and imaginative visual style re-imagines Marie Antoinette and the entire court of Versailles through the lens of today’s popular culture.

Marie Antoinette today conjures up images of a glamorous Queen who lived in luxury and uttered the immortal words — “Let them eat cake” while the French peasant class starved. Ultimately the peasants revolted, and she was sentenced to death for her perceived contempt and indifference. However, recent historical research demonstrates that much of what we thought we knew about Marie Antoinette was just a myth – and in fact she never uttered those immortal words she is so famously credited with saying.

The real Marie Antoinette was a naïve and lost teenager who was unprepared to take her place as a major player in the turbulent history of late 18th century France. The Austrian-born princess was shipped off to Versailles at 14, where she was shocked by the rigid etiquette, brutal family infighting and merciless gossip of the French royal court. Trapped in a dispassionate marriage and forced to live in the unforgiving glare of the public spotlight, Marie Antoinette found her escape in the only refuge allowed her — the sensual pleasures of youth. But her frivolity unwittingly made her the object of scandal, a target for political propaganda and a convenient scapegoat for a poverty-stricken society on the verge of revolution. In the end, she faced her enemies and accepted her fate with dignity and courage.

“Marie Antoinette” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, the local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International

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Sofia Coppola

Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American screenwriter, film director, producer and actress. In 2003, she received the Academy Award fo...  read more »

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