Favourite

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The Favourite

The Favourite - Intrigen und Irrsinn

Yorgos Lanthimos
GB/IRL/USA, 2018
Features, 120min, OmdU

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The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos
GB/IRL/USA, 2018
Features, 120min, OmdU

Cast: 
Olivia Colman
Queen Anne
Emma Stone
Abigail Masham
Rachel Weisz
Sarah Churchill
Nicholas Hoult
Robert Harley
Joe Alwyn
Samuel Masham
Screenplay: 
Deborah Davis
Tony McNamara
Sound: 
Johnnie Burn
Camera: 
Robbie Ryan
Editor: 
Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Decoration: 
Fiona Crombie
Costume: 
Sandy Powell

Production: 
Element Pictures
Scarlet Films
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Film 4 Waypoint Entertainment
World Sales: 
Fox Searchlight Pictures International
Distribution in Austria: 
20th Century Fox Austria
Format: 
DCP
Color

“So, did you come to rape me?”, she inquires, watching him closely. “But I’m a gentleman” is his defensive reply. “Yes. Exactly.” This exchange between would-be-lovers at the English court in early 18th century explains, in a nutshell, the no-nonsense allure of THE FAVOURITE: It is a diorama of fierce women, their plots and pragmatisms, women who have been raped and trashed and betrayed, who have lost children and husbands and lovers, and came back scarred and more fearless than ever. Olivia Colman as Queen Anne cares more for her litter of bunny rabbits with the names of dead babies than for the demands of political leaders that differ so much from her own. As her advisor she has Sarah, offering tough love and choking in disbelief when her companionship is no longer in demand. Because, as an unexpectedly ferocious player, Emma Stone as wide-eyed Abigail Masham arrives at court, the impoverished cousin who fights with teeth and charms to win back her agency in life, a beguiling mix of sweetness and ruthlessness born out of trauma. THE FAVOURITE is remarkably to the point of the tastes and worries of 2018: The punk energy of these women, their cynicism, obscenities and insecurities are both highly entertaining and reflective of life among carnivores, in court as in present day life. (Magdalena Miedl) 

Yorgos Lanthimos: KINETTA (2005), DOGTOOTH (2009), ALPS (2011), THE LOBSTER (2015), THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (2017)