Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette ★★★★½


Letting everyone down would be my greatest unhappiness.

An eye-candy tragic story of stolen youth. Behind the grand, colorful and glamourous production design, the stunning cinematography that favors the gentle sunlight touching Kirsten Dunst's face, lies a heartbreaking portrait of a girl being made responsible for everyone's sake but her own, by anyone but herself. We always have and always will have a tendency to judge other people, even if subconsciously, before we take the time to consider a different perspective; their perspective. I don't know the first thing about Marie Antoinette's life, but if Sofia Coppola's powerful movie says anything is that everyone's human after all, and none of us know the whole story behind someone else's tragedy.

Kirsten's performance and the contemporary soundtrack contrasting the film's period setting draw us, young people of today, closer to Marie Antoinette, precisely so we can stop and think more about her perspective. Sofia insists on portraying her not as an iconic queen, but simply a young girl, who wanted to live her youth, like you and me. I've made the mistake of letting The Bling Ring be my first Sofia, which did not leave a good impression of her in my book, but in here I can clearly see a unique level of humanism that tells me this is what I want to see from her work, what we all need to see. It goes from the screenwriting, to the editing, to the camerawork - every now and then she takes the time to stop and simply register Marie's moments of partying, laughing with her friends, reading in a garden, having her daughter feed a lamb, all of that with the most genuine sense of tenderness. It's so heartwarming that it makes the inevitable tragic culmination even harder to bear. It reminds me of Shunji Iwai's work, and that is the single greatest praise I can give to a film of this nature.

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