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DIRECTOR Yorgos Lanthimos
CAST Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult
A gleefully wicked slice of historical fiction starring Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as two women competing for the affections of the peerless Olivia Colman as Queen Anne.
It’s the early 18th century, England is at war with France and Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is in poor health, relying on her doting friend Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz). When Sarah’s cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives at court, she uses her charm and wit to win the Queen’s attentions. The two women soon become rivals for Anne’s affection, and the power that bestows, in a wickedly funny game of one-up-womanship. Riotous, gleeful and supremely intelligent filmmaking, stunningly designed and costumed and with a tip-top trio of performances.
(2018 Ireland / UK / USA 119 mins)
The ‘favourite’ indeed — by name and by nature. With five Golden Globe nominations, plus 47 other wins and counting lining its coffers, it looks like this bonkers period sex farce is romping all the way to the Oscars… Colman totally reigns in a role that won her best actress at Venice. Her Queen Anne is a grotesque comic tyrant, mercurially irritable and constantly stuffing her face with cake. Yet Colman finds the heart-breakingly vulnerable creature within that portly carapace. The Favourite satisfies so fully, however, by being a three-hander. Weisz and Stone are both equally magnificent — and equally laden with award nominations. Sandy Powell’s opulent costumes and the authentically regal production design are irresistibly rich, while the script is deliriously witty, constantly catching you out with offbeat lines. , Metro
Winner of the 2019 Best Leading Actress Oscar for Olivia Colman. Winner of 7 BAFTAs including Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz) and Outstanding British Film.
BBFC advice: Contains very strong language and strong sex
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