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The Favourite

  • All Sites: 26 Dec 2018
Runtime: 119 min
GENRES: Biography, Drama, Historical
Sexual material, offensive language and content that may disturb.
R13

GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Actress - Musical or Comedy (Olivia Colman). 

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.

★★★★★ " Olivia Colman is magnificently unhinged and colossally bewildered as the good Queen." - Stuff

★★★★★ "The film bends every rule of the carriages-and-country-houses costume drama" - BBC

★★★★★ "Lanthimos' renegade deviltry turns a period piece into a bawdy, brilliant triumph." - Rolling Stone

★★★★ "Colman, Weisz and Stone are pitch-perfect" - Guardian

★★★★ "A strange, twisted and darkly funny love story that is truly one of a kind" - Flicks

★★★★ "A skewer-sharp and scabrously funny film" - Telegraph

★★★★ - Time Out

★★★★ - NZ Herald

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