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The Favourite (15)

16 Feb
28 Feb 2019

Directed by

Yargos Lanthimos

The Favourite (15)

★ Winner of 7 BAFTA Awards
★ Nominated for 10 Oscars

Yorgos Lanthimos’s (The LobsterKilling Of A Sacred Deer) latest and most accessible film is an outrageous period comedy with outstanding performances from Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz as three complex, flawed, distinctive women. Set in the early 18th century, while England are fighting the French, a frail, capricious Queen Anne (Colman) sits on the throne; though the country is governed on her behalf by Lady Sarah (Weisz), a close friend who also tends to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. But as the politics of war begin to consume Sarah’s time, and a new servant, Abigail (Stone) steps into the breach as the Queen’s companion. This new friendship allows Abigail to begin to fulfil her own ambitions. Winner of Best Actress at Venice for Olivia Colman’s uproarious performance as the wounded, infantile Anne.

“Olivia Colman is priceless in punk Restoration romp. **** 4 stars” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian