Marie Antoinette

Biography

Oscar® winner Sofia Coppola brings to the screen a fresh interpretation of the life of France’s legendary teenage queen MARIE ANTOINETTE. Betrothed to King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman), the naïve Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst) at the age of 14, she is thrown into the opulent French court which is steeped in conspiracy and scandal. Alone, without guidance, and adrift in a dangerous world, the young Marie Antoinette rebels against the isolated atmosphere at Versailles and, in the process, becomes France’s most misunderstood monarch.

Kirsten Dunst stars as the youthful princess whose fateful life became the stuff of myth and legend.  The story begins when 14-year-old Marie Antoinette is whisked away from her family and friends in Vienna, stripped of all her possessions and deposited in the sophisticated and decadent world of Versailles, the lavish royal court near Paris.

Marie Antoinette is merely a pawn in an arranged marriage meant to solidify the harmony between two nations. Her teenage husband, the Dauphin Louis (Jason Schwartzman), is heir to the French throne.  But Marie Antoinette is ill prepared to be the kind of ruler for whom the French populace yearns.  Beneath her finery, she’s a sheltered, frightened and confused young woman, surrounded by vicious detractors, insincere flatterers, puppet masters and gossips. Trapped by the conventions of her station in life, Marie Antoinette must find a way to fit into the complex and treacherous world of Versailles.

Adding to her woes is the indifference of her new husband, Louis. Their marriage goes unconsummated for an astonishing seven years. The awkward future king proves to be a disaster as a lover, sparking grave concerns (and relentless gossip) that Marie Antoinette will never produce an heir.

Overwhelmed and distraught, Marie Antoinette seeks refuge in the decadence of the French aristocracy and in a secret love affair with the alluring Swedish Count Fersen (Jamie Dornan).  Her indiscretions are soon the talk of France.

Whether she is being idealized for her impeccable style or vilified for being unforgivably out of touch with her subjects, reaction to Marie Antoinette is always extreme. Yet, slowly, as she matures, she begins to find her way as a wife, mother and Queen — only to be tragically swept up in a bloody revolution that alters France forever. 

Columbia Pictures Presents in Association with Pricel and Tohokushinsha An American Zoetrope Production MARIE ANTOINETTE starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy Davis, Rip Torn, Rose Byrne, Asia Argento, Molly Shannon, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston and Steve Coogan. The film is directed by Sofia Coppola, from a screenplay by Sofia Coppola based on the book Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser. The producers are Ross Katz and Sofia Coppola. The executive producers are Fred Roos and Francis Ford Coppola. The co-producer is Callum Greene. The director of photography is Lance Acord, ASC. The production designer is KK Barrett. The editor is Sarah Flack. The costume designer is Milena Canonero. The music producer is Brian Reitzell.

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