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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The film portrays Marie Antoinette as a lonely and unhappy young woman who immerses herself in fashion and frivolity to distract herself from her problems.
  • Awesome Music: Featuring Bow Wow Wow, Adam And The Ants, The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Chances are that you remember the film for the famous scene, where Marie Antoinette is all naked on a couch aside from some stockings, holding a hand fan and covering her ... tracts of land. There are posters for only that scene, even! Hell, it's on the soundtrack cover.
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  • Cult Classic: The film was not a great hit commercially or critically, but does have a few dedicated fans.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Yolande de Polastron, Duchess of Polinac. She's mostly there as one of Marie's consorts, but Rose Byrne brings her to life and perfectly captures the frivolity of such a woman.
    • Madame du Barry is one of the more remembered characters in the film, despite vanishing after Louis XV dies.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film received a more positive reception in France, though not unanimously.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A two-fer for Madame du Barry.
    • Her status as the king's mistress is uncomfortable when Asia Argento revealed that she had been sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein and then later had consensual sex with him over the years.
    • The character being something of a pariah in Marie's eyes is oddly reminiscent of Asia's own rape allegations surfacing in 2018.
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  • One-Scene Wonder: Marie Antoinette's Camp Gay hairdresser, who helps style her hair into a magnificently high monstrosity.
  • Signature Scene: The Good-Times Montage set to "I Want Candy" seems to be one of the most remembered parts of the film. It includes the famous shot of Converse sneakers.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The scene where Marie sends her Ladies in Waiting away.
    • Louis and Marie's last meal in Versailles. The way she reaches over and grabs his hand to comfort him is heartrending.
    • The Royal family being loaded into the carriage, as Marie tries desperately to calm her screaming infant son. The small smile Louis gives his wife while in the carriage, as both realize they will most likely be executed very soon.
    (Marie looks wistfully out the window taking in one last glance of Versaille)
    Louis: Are you admiring your lime avenue?
    Marie: (smiling but with a tear in her eye) I'm saying goodbye...
  • Tough Act to Follow: It was said that this film couldn't match the success of Lost in Translation, despite being developed long before it. The latter was even something Sofia Coppola developed because she was having trouble working out Marie Antoinette's screenplay.
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  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Marie Antoinette continuing acting like a teenager well into her 30s and cheating on her husband rubs some people the wrong way
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The film's visual style and costumes were met with almost unanimous praise, even getting an Academy Award for costume design.


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