Virginie Ledoyen and Diane Kruger in Farewell, My Queen
Diane Kruger loved playing the ill-fated French Queen, Marie Antoinette, in her latest film, Farewell, My Queen this year – and she wasn’t the only one.
Boyfriend Joshua Jackson (ya know, Pacey from Dawson’s Creek), has revealed his deep admiration for the period attire, calling it “kinky” and “sexy.” Oo-er!
The drama, directed by Benoît Jacquot, is set in Versailles; a fictional account of the last days of Marie Antoinette’s power in 1789 on the brink of the French Revolution. It’s told through the eyes of Sidonie Laborde, a young servant tasked with reading to the queen, played by Léa Seydoux (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol). The two form a close friendship and, inevitably, passion and drama ensue.
It was released earlier this year in France, opened the Berlin and San Francisco International Film Festivals and is released today in the US. It’s already had rave reviews in the US, with the Los Angeles Times calling it, ‘masterful.’
Diana Kruger in Farewell, My Queen
Diane Kruger, who speaks fluent French throughout the film, plays the famous Queen, complete with lavish corsets, petticoats and severe head pieces, much to the delight of beau, Joshua.
“I definitely made the effort to go see her in the full queen regalia,” he said this week, at a screening of the film in New York. “It’s a one-time thing in an actor’s life. It was sexy — period, full stop.
“I mean, it was kind of a kinky fetish thing with the wigs and the corsets. I don’t know how [people] survived that period. Foreplay must’ve been a sonofabitch. It takes a nation of millions to get those things on and off.”
Trailer for Farewell My Queen