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French Film to Screen at McNeese

French Film to Screen at McNeese

movie poster(April 13, 2014) The French period film, "Les Adieux à la Reine ("Farewell, My Queen")" will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Stokes Auditorium in Hardtner Hall as part of the 2014 McNeese State University Banners Cultural Season. The screening - part of the Tournées Film Festival - is open to the public.
           
Film director Benoît Jacquot's nimble, lush adaptation of Chantal Thomas' 2003 novel about the chaos at Versailles on the eve of the 1789 revolution is told not through the vantage point of the monarchs but through the eyes of Sidonie, the besotted reader to Marie Antoinette.
           
Compressed to four tumultuous days in July and taking place almost entirely within the actual royal palace, "Farewell, My Queen" tracks its protagonist relentlessly - the camera is often positioned just a few inches behind Sidonie as she scrambles down corridors, sometimes tripping, as she tries to make sense of the rumors she hears among other courtiers and rushes to read a few pages of Rousseau to Her Majesty.
           
"Your love of the queen makes you blind to her caprice," one of Louis XVI's historians tells Sidonie-and the pleasure of Jacquot's film is in watching various strains of discreet yet heated, deluded passionate attachments form.
           
For more information, call the Banners office at 475-5123 or visit the website at www.banners.org. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at (337) 475-5428 voice; (337) 475-5960 fax; (337) 562-4227 TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at cdo@mcnees.edu