The horizon is starting to hold some seriously exciting films as awards season approaches.
The latest film from Dogtooth, The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer director Yorgos Lanthimos is The Favourite, a darkly comedic period piece boasting three great leads: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.
The film is set in England in the early 18th century. Queen Anne (Colman) is increasingly frail and temperamental, so Lady Sarah (Weisz) takes care of governing the country while tending to the Queen’s health. Their dynamic takes a hit upon the arrival of new servant Abigail (Stone), who Anne takes a shining to.
Lanthimos’ films carry a pitch black sense of humour; you should really check out those three aforementioned films if you haven’t. His often peculiar tone doesn’t make for easy, mainstream fare, but he does bring a unique vision and sensibility to the screen. The Favourite actually appears to be much more amusing than his previous films, and it looks like the three leads are on fire with the material. Early reviews are very promising, too.
The Favourite, also starring Nicholas Hoult , Joe Alwyn, James Smith and Mark Gatiss, will hit the US on 23 November and arrives in Australia on 26 December.
Official synopsis for The Favourite:
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.