Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss
Historical bio-drama directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The story is set in early 18th century England, which is is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper.
When Sarah’s cousin, Abigail Masham (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.
Sarah Churchill: [to Anne] Dearest Queen, how goes the kingdom?
[to one of her servants]
Queen Anne: Did you just look at me?
[the servant nervously shakes his head]
Queen Anne: How dare you!
Queen Anne: I am the Queen.
Sarah Churchill: [to Anne] But you are mad.
Sarah Churchill: [to Anne] You look like a badger.
Queen Anne: We went with something dramatic.
Queen Anne: I’ve sent for some lobsters. I thought we could race them and eat them.
Sarah Churchill: Let’s shoot something.
Samuel Masham: I should have you stripped and whipped.
Abigail Masham: I’m waiting.
Sarah Churchill: Your majesty.
Queen Anne: I’d like to enjoy the music now.
Robert Harley: This is madness.
Sarah Churchill: Sometimes a lady likes to have some fun.
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