Oscar®-winning Sofia Coppola brings to the screen an imaginative interpretation of the life of France’s legendary teenage queen Marie Antoinette. When betrothed to King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman), the naïve Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst) enters the opulent French court which is steeped in conspiracy and scandal. Without guidance, adrift in a dangerous world, the young girl rebels against the isolated atmosphere at Versailles and becomes France’s most misunderstood monarch.
This film has been criticized for having more style than substance. Although there is some truth to the statement, at the same time there are at least some issues of substance in the film, including Marie Antoinette’s patience in waiting for her apparently-bi-sexual husband to make love to her so as to raise up an heir to the throne. She is kind and patient with him but ironically enough, has an affair a few years later after they have children. On a side note, I found the rock music to be out of place during the ball scene when everyone was dancing. It appeared they were dancing to rock music which was strange to say the least.
Famous for her reply to the hungry who said they had no bread to eat (“Let them eat cake”), Marie Antoinette’s heavy spending and gambling leads to her expulsion from the palace. The film is stylish and Kirsten Dunst does a very good job in the role, but it is unsuitable for families as there is a brief rear nudity scene, and an on-screen affair.