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The Favourite (15)
Cast. Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Mark Gatiss.
Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) returns with his latest absurdly entertaining farce - a darkly funny court comedy about rivals vying for the affection of Queen Anne. It's the early 18th century, England is at war with France and Queen Anne's poor health finds her relying on her doting friend Lady Sarah (Weisz). When Abigail (Stone) arrives at the palace, her charm soon wins Anne's attention and Sarah and Abigail become fierce rivals for the Queen's affections in a wickedly funny game of one-up-womanship. Filthy and outrageous, a conventional royal drama this is not.