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, who takes Abigail under her wing. As the politics of war become time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion, their burgeoning friendship giving her a chance to fulfil her ambitions. And she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
Funny, dark and gloriously odd, The Favourite is the new film from acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer), its beautifully strange comedy heightened by a career best performance from Olivia Colman as a monarch losing her marbles and a twisted double act from Weisz and Stone.
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