The Favourite

The Favourite
  • 2018
  • Ireland / UK / US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Cast: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult

In the court of Queen Anne (Colman), power is wielded by Lady Sarah Marlborough (Weisz), but then Sarah’s young cousin Abigail (Stone) arrives. Brash, bawdy and beguiling, and a deceptively acute commentary on the nature of power, with career-best work from Weisz and Stone and a commanding performance from Colman as the ailing Queen.

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2018 | 119 mins | Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos | Cast includes: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz | Cert: 15

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 Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (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 fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

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The Favourite

18 Oct 20185 stars

LFF 2018: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone put in career-best performances in Yorgos Lanthimos' period comedy masterpiece

Brash, bawdy and utterly beguiling, The Favourite is, much like its subjects, something of a deceptive confection. While it may play as a broad period farce, revelling in the ribald excesses of its 18th Century English setting, underneath the pomp and…

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