Sofia Coppola’s modern and pink-painted punk-rock 2006 film “Marie Antoinette” is one of a kind. Although opinions vary, it is clear that a particular style has been created in this period drama, that brings to life a new way of seeing and interpreting life on the last floor of the monarchic ladder of the 18th Century. With its amazing cinematography and distinctive colour palette which flows into the incredible beauty of the costumes and set designs, we have a visual experience that will linger in our minds up until we fast-forward back to the present world. However, we do not only see a female lead carrying the way and the prestigious life of champagne and french biscuits, as we are also faced with a teenager trying to grow up in a society led by men, in which women serve mostly as accessories to their power. With its alternative and post-punk soundtrack and glamorous touch, we have a film that is clearly unique. However, looking at similar themes, characters or visual styles, we can still manage to prolong the genre of this film into a list worth our time. Having that said, here is the list of 12 movies similar to Marie Antoinette that you can enjoy.
12. The Affair of The Necklace (2001)
It might be strange to imagine Hilary Swank in a period drama, dressed with the typical corset dresses, as we often remember her as Brandon in “Boys Don’t Cry” or the boxing athlete in “Million Dollar’s Baby”, however she’s the one leading the story here and there’s no doubt she did it well. Set in pre-revolutionary France and based on true events, it follows the adventure and strategy of orphaned Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois in regaining the wealth and social status, as well as a home, that was once her family’s before it was taken away from them. After having been rejected by Marie Antoinette, she sees an opportunity for her goal in the affair of a diamond necklace, order by the now-deceased King for his mistress Madame du Barry. Slowly but surely she establishes a plan which includes tricking her entourage and faking her role as the Queen’s confident.
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11. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)