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3,503 Ratings

The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
United Kingdom, Ireland, 2018
Drama, LGBTQ+, History


England, early 18th century. England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

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The Favourite Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2018 | 2 wins including: Grand Jury Prize

Academy Awards

2019 | 9 nominations including: Best Director

2019 | Winner: Best Actress

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | Nominee: Best International Film

Any smart-aleck high-school film nerd can tell you that Lanthimos is copying Kubrick, the fish-eye lenses maestro, who couldn’t resist preening technology to underscore his misanthropic tales. Lanthimos outlived Kubrick and so gives us the fish-eye cliché to reassure Millennial viewers that it’s okay to laugh at people who are targets of their envy and disdain.
November 28, 2018
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The patriarchal circuits through which a film moves curtail the radicality of its use of abjection, especially when this is used by men as an aesthetic tool. Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite (2018) uses the abject status of its central character to cursorily present a challenge to sex and gender categories, but its feminism is superficial. Here abjection is without tenderness; corporality met by patriarchal coldness.
March 06, 2019
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The Favourite is perverse and sadomasochistic, a gratifying evocation of doddering power and the jockeying that swarms it in decline.
February 22, 2019
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