"The Favorite": Terribly neglected

Never was beautiful intriguing: Yorgos Lanthimos' deadly costume film "The Favorite" goes with ten nominations in the Oscar race.


Why is it so fascinating to watch three women at the beginning of the eighteenth century fights for power, favor and affection at the English court?

Perhaps because power, favor, and affection in Yorgos Lanthimos' film The Favorite are interdependent and conflicting. Because there are feelings lurking and blazing even under the coldest intrigue. Whenever the heroines of this film devise a particularly cunning intrigue, they will find that they are not as unscrupulous as they believed - but that will not prevent them from carrying it out.

In the center of the opulent battle is the English Queen Anne (1665-1714). Olivia Colman plays her with wonderful neglected grandeur. This regent is a spoiled giant baby, impatient, quick-tempered, despotic. But also depressed and filled with an indefinite longing. Anne is currently waging a war against France, which, however, requires less interest than the card game or caressing her small zoo. Anne's confidante is Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz plays her sexy, daring, dangerous), the two combines a sadomasochistic iridescent liaison.

The War of the Favorites begins with the arrival of Abigail, Sarah's impoverished cousin (Emma Stone), who takes up a job as a maid at the court. But one could also believe that initially nothing starts and everything continues to take its course. The queen suffers from attacks of gout and boredom. She proves herself to be the political puppet of her lover, fighting for the war against France. With the figures, the camera explores the piercing corridors, the halls, chambers, tapestries and stucco ceilings of the huge castle - in which one still can not find his way at the end of the film.

Lost as a daughter of the father in gambling

From time to time, Yorgos Lanthimos slowly lets the camera zoom in on the underside of his protagonists, as if to explore what is going on behind their foreheads. Is Abigail at the beginning as innocent and philanthropic as it works? When will she be up to something? Does she become the intriguer at Court, as she proves herself? Emma Stone embodies her with undisguised joy at the double game, at the emotional masquerade. Even Lady Sarah Churchill does not miss the fact that the newly arrived with little attentions to work out the favor of the Queen.

REF: https://www.zeit.de/2019/05/the-favorite-kostuemfilm-yorgos-lanthimos-oscar-nominierung