Benoit Jacquot‘s Farewell My Queen, set in 1789 on the verge of Bastille Day, “has its own charm, a matter-of-fact treatment of lesbianism and magnifique costumes and settings [that] opts for the grand European style of Girl With a Pearl Earring rather than a modernist rereading a la Sofia Coppola‘s post-punk vision Marie Antoinette.” Indiewire‘s Anne Thompson called it “an intimate and sexy period spectacle that takes us backstage at Versailles and into territory Sofia Coppola was not willing to go.”

From Variety‘s Justin Chang: “Benoit Jacquot’s venom-tipped account of palatial intrigue and royal oblivion scrupulously maintains a servant’s-eye view but winds up holding the viewer at an unrewarding distance.”