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The Favourite (15) (SCENE)

It’s the early 18th Century, and England is ruled by Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman). Despite the country being at war with the French, the Queen is fragile, physically and mentally. It’s down to her most trusted ally and friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) to rule secretly in her stead.
In the midst of the chaos caused by the quick to anger ruler, a new servant named Abigail (Emma Stone) is hired by the palace. Charming and endearing, Abigail quickly wins Sarah over who then takes the servant under her wing, promising a better life.
Unfortunately, Sarah’s attention is pulled from Abigail and the Queen to the brutal politics of war. In her absence, Abigail steps in as the Queen’s new aide. Taking full advantage of this opportunity, Abigail has a lazer-sharp focus on her new potential life – and won’t let anything stand in her way.
The Favourite is the newest film from surreal filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer). Starring frequent collaborator Olivia Coleman (Murder on the Orient Express) as Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz (Disobedience) and Emma Stone (La La Land) co-star in an unusual historical drama that’s set to become a future classic.

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