For love of the Queen

The queen is, of course, Marie Antoinette (Kruger). The setting is Versailles, the time frame is over four days in July 1789, from the 14th to 17th. Ominous times for France’s royal family.

But this story is not so much the queen’s as that of her devoted reader, Sidonie (Seydoux), who pounds the corridors of the palace whenever she is called upon to read literature in French to the Austrian-born queen, a woman she idolises. One of Louis XVI’s historians warns her: &ldquo