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In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Drama - While a period British historical film, the approach is quite quirky
and unconventional like all of director Yorgos Lanthimos's other films,
with a lot of dark, subversive, raunchy, even anachronistic humor and
dialogue. Those looking for letter-perfect, historically accurate
style will be disappointed. This is a major showcase for the three
actresses, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz. Language,
violence, and strong sexual content, much of the latter between
women, make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: 8 F-words; 2 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex, including lesbian couplings, with nudity. VIOLENCE: Slaps, hits, bird shootings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Banter and wisecracks, often absurd and dark and sometimes raunchy; sight and physical gags.
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.