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Mary Queen Of Scots

Film Information

Plot: Mary Queen of Scots struggles to navigate herself through life and love as she tries to regain control of her thrones.
Release Date: 27th October 2014
Format: DVD
Director(s): Thomas Imbach
Cast: Camille Rutherford, Sean Biggerstaff, Mehdi Dehbi, Aneurin Barnard
BBFC Certificate: 12
Running Time: 120 mins
Country Of Origin: Switzerland
Language: English and French with English subtitles
Review By: Janet Leigh
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Film Rating


Bottom Line

A fascinating story told in a mediocre way.

Posted October 20, 2014 by

Film Review

Thomas Imbach’s Mary Queen of Scots is anything but special. Delivered in a very unmoving way it is the story of her life and the story of her life alone that drives the film forward.

Imbach’s rendition has a dull ‘and then this happened and then this happened’ feel to it which swallows up the excitement of the plot.

However his depiction of Rizzio (Mehdi Dehbi), the queen’s private secretary, is quite enchanting. Rizzio adds a surreal quality to his story-telling that is both charismatic and at the same time cuts into the humdrum of the film.

Camille Rutherford carries the regal role of Mary with grace delivering a subtly strong performance. Imbach’s choice to use a running narrative of her inner monologue works well adding clarity to what could otherwise be a complicated plot. It also allows us deeper insight into Mary’s deep yearning for a relationship with her cousin Queen Elizabeth.

Mary’s love affair with Sean Biggerstaff’s Bothwell also offers some spark of interest. Biggerstaff and Rutherford have compelling on screen chemistry that gives the significance of the ending greater impact.

However, significant or not, the sluggish pace of the film means each scene drags from one to the next without stirring up much excitement. The over dramatic, over stylised composition is also a bore.

Janet Leigh



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