Years back, when Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, a luscious, insouciant, royal-friendly if not entirely pro-royal biopic had its press screening at Cannes, it was booed. This puzzled those of us seduced by the spectacle, and research revealed that many objected to the film because it painted the French monarch in too sympathetic a light. No screen time had been spared to show the plight of ordinary people, those who suffered and starved during Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette’s reign. For shame!
Writer-director Pierre Schoeller’s panoramic-scaled cinematic history lesson One Nation, One King (Un Peuple et Son Roi) might have been the kind of supposedly inclusive film that Marie Antoinette haters would have preferred. Every substratum of society gets some representation, from the starving denizens of Paris, up through the debaters in the National Assembly,