The Favourite

Certificate 15


(2018) 119 mins

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writers: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Cinematography: Robbie Ryan
Production Design: Fiona Crombie
Music: Komeil S Hosseini



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 a 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 fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.  From the official website

Caution: Very strong language throughout

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This is not your average period drama. The perception of the genre – not helped by the obsessive adaptation of Jane Austen novels – is that it’s genteel and inoffensive. But prudish The Favourite is not . . .  We’ve been so conditioned to expect court/parlour intrigue dramas to be free of swearing and overt sexuality that the presence of both here feels almost anachronistic. But we forget that these periods were, in fact, as The Favourite depicts them: bawdy, bilious, ridden with gout and festering venereal diseases.”  The Independent

If the cruelty is breathtaking and the antagonistic interplay upon which the film is built divine, what’s perhaps most striking is how moving the story becomes – imbued with authentic emotion by a formidable triumvirate of female leads who propel their characters beyond comedy and caricature.”  Radio Times

“Fiendishly eccentric and entertaining.”

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