Blu-ray, DVD Release: Farewell, My Queen

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Cohen Media

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Diane Kruger is Marie Antoinette in Farewell, My Queen.

The sumptuous-looking 2012 period drama Farewell, My Queen is based on the international best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas.

Set in 18th Century France, the film stars Léa Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) as Sidonie, one of Marie Antoinette’s (Diane Kruger, Unknown) ladies-in-waiting. Though she appears to be a seemingly an innocent, Sidonie is quietly working her way into her mistress’ special favors—until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. As the story of the revolt by the starving French people against their arrogant royal rulers develops, the action—not to mention Marie and the royal family—moves from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them.

Directed by acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot, Farewell, My Queen (or Les adieux a la reine as its known in its native French) also features Virginie Ledoyen (8 Women), who starred in Jacquot’s 1995 drama A Single Girl.

The R-rated film—much of which Jacquot shot within the walls of the actual Palace of Versailles—was a box office hit in its native France. It subsequently played in theaters around the world, including the U.S., where it rolled out in limited release in July, 2012.

Presented in French with English subtitles, the DVD and Blu-ray include a making-of featurette and an interview with the director as bonus features.

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