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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) 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 fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

Cast

  • Olivia Colman
  • Rachel Weisz
  • Emma Delves
  • Faye Daveney
  • Emma Stone
  • Paul Swaine
  • Jennifer White
  • Lilly-Rose Stevens
  • Denise Mack
  • James Smith

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Kate Winslet was originally cast, but dropped out.
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Goofs

  • Multiple closeup shots clearly show second and third holes in Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz's ear lobes. Multiple ear piercings were not common in the early 1700s, especially for English women at court.
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Quotes

    • Queen Anne: Some wounds do not close; I have many such. One just walks around with them and sometimes one can feel them filling with blood.
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#notmyfave
#greatcast

Basically everyone at the theater where I saw this movie had the same reaction. We didn’t know what to think of it but we didn’t like it. It was just kind of stunned silence.

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Francesca K
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#girlsnight
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#awardbuzz

You honestly never leave the atmosphere of this movie until you are dismissed. Definitely the most Award worthy film of the winter. Do not miss it.

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Joel N

Metacritic

80
Oct 1, 2018

This is less Lanthimos’ film than it is Colman, Stone, and Weisz’s. The Favourite is mostly an excuse to watch these three attempt to one-up each other.

Metacritic review by E. Oliver Whitney
E. Oliver Whitney
ScreenCrush
100
Aug 30, 2018

[Yorgos Lanthimos'] fabulously entertaining tragicomedy, The Favourite, is a juicy power tangle connecting three women in the royal court of early 18th-century England, played by a divine trio who bounce off one another with obvious relish.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
100
Aug 30, 2018

The Favourite is one of those rare films where the energy generated by three talents at the top of their game and the energy generated by their characters swirl and merge in a perfect storm.

Metacritic review by Lee Marshall
Lee Marshall
Screen International