The Favourite

12 +  16 +
Directed by
Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast
Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman
Release date
6 February 2019
Runtime
2h00
Country
Ireland
Type
Drama, Biographical
Language
English speaking with French and German subtitles

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. 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. 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.