The Favourite

R, 119 minutes

 
Coming in February

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 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 fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. (2018, Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/USA, English, 119 min, R, DCP)

“Any concern that an elegantly mounted, star-studded period piece set during the War of Spanish Succession might have diluted Greek surrealist Yorgos Lanthimos’ particular brand of sadism turns out to be entirely unwarranted.”Bilge Ebiri, L.A. Weekly

“Period authenticity clashes happily with occasional creative anachronisms to present audiences with a portrait of power as sobering as it is scabrously conniving.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“The real fun here is in the three central performances, each of which threatens to steal the film.” — Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

“A Restoration comedy filtered through this director’s eccentric, modern sensibilities is what “The Favourite” most resembles – witty, profane, sexually explicit, improper in the extreme, a comedy of manners without any manners at all.” — Bob Mondello, NPR

“Lanthimos’ most accessible movie to date, ‘The Favourite’ is simply awe-inspiring in the way it harbors serious themes and anxieties about womanhood underneath a deceptively feather-light surface.” — Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com


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