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The Favourite

The Favourite

DVD - 2019
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Early eighteenth-century England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her friend Lady Sarah tends to her ill health. When a new servant Abigail arrives, Sarah takes her under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become time-consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps in to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their growing friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions, and no one will stand in her way.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: English, French, Spanish version
Call Number: DVD F FAVO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Dolby digital 5.1,Dolby digital 2.0
video file,rdaft
DVD video
all regions,rdare
Alternative Title: Favorite


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List - Oscars 2019: SFPL
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Nominated Best Picture; Lead Actress, Olivia Colman (winner); Supporting Actress, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz; Best Director, Yorgos Lanthimos; Original Screenplay, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara; Cinematography, Robbie Ryan; Film Editing, Yorgos Mavropsaridis; Production Design, Fiona Crombie, Al... Read More »

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Apr 17, 2021

I have been wanting to see this movie since I first saw the trailer. As another commenter said, the trailer really does contain the best parts of the movie. I was confused with the "chapters" that the movie had and was completely unprepared for the relationship between the Queen, Sarah and Abigail. I think all the actresses were wonderful, and while the storyline had it's good and bad parts, the ending was just plain terrible.

Sep 26, 2020

Weird movie. It makes all of them looked like idiots running a big country which I don’t think it’s true. Maybe some bits are true but this movie just artfully makes the foolishness to the extreme. Academic award may appreciate the acting but to me it’s not pleasant to watch.

Aug 29, 2020

I'm afraid I must agree with all the negative reviews (although my husband liked it). I saw no redeeming qualities. It was such a waste of all the effort that went into the creation of this film. There was absolutely no point to it.

Jul 29, 2020

Excellent movie. Not to be missed. A period piece "updated" for current enjoyment - don't know where the plot will go next. All 3 leads give great performances. O Coleman and R Weisz received numerous well deserved nominations and awards.

JCLMyshaP Apr 01, 2020

The Favorite is a fun period drama of how love can both heal and twist us. It’s a story filled with under the table deals, back stabbing, and all the drama that entails. It's rife with interesting choices in cinematography that also make it a worthy watch.

Fair warning, this movie can get quite uncomfortable and you won’t be able to root for any of the characters. The characters are complicated and morally dubious which I think makes the movie more interesting.

Mar 30, 2020

Cringey and not even in a good way for a raunchy film.

Well acted but very unsettling in certain places. Also, the historical accuracy is very dubious, making Queen Anne look more like a petulant child in need of a babysitter rather than the capable leader she actually was.

Feb 22, 2020

VERY GOOD 2018 period black comedy film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, and written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara.
A bit different (centers on female characters) look at early 18th Century England and the regal consequences of its conflict with France, etc.
Excellent production, acting and more - glad I gave it a watch. Does have a surprising amount of sexual name calling/use of body slang words dont' know if they were actually used way back then.

Feb 06, 2020

Very different from what I expected . A dark comedy , and a lot of sexual encounters / innuendos and swearing . Back stabbing politics ( hmm--just like present day lol )
One has to feel sorry for Queen Anne even so as her life is so sad and her health and how she is manipulated . And yes , she's quite off balance too . The costumes and background scenery / sets were awesome and one could watch for that reason alone . The music is also very different , almost bizarre in some scenes . Oh and then there's the dance scenes . Now those are quite unique , interesting and comical .
So yes would recommend this movie , just be prepared to have your jaw hit the floor a few times .

Jan 02, 2020

Worth seeing for the interiors alone. Jarring visual style and a soundtrack to match, with period music juxtaposed with anachronistic Schumann and Messiaen. Fine performances.

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Mar 29, 2019

40 good quotes in IMDb. The writing is edgy and quirky as this one:

Abigail: Have you come to seduce me, or rape me?
Masham: I am a gentleman.
Abigail: So, rape then.


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