Empress Elisabeth of Austria is known today for her beauty and fashion trends. But it’s 1877, and as she celebrates her 40th birthday, she must fight to maintain her public image, while being bound by convention as well as confining dress and gender roles. “Already impulsive and restless by nature, the Empress causes ripples of scandal in the austere Hapsburg court with her increasingly unconventional behavior, in this playful, puckish portrait by Marie Kreutzer. Winking anachronistic details, particularly in the bold score choices, suggest that Elisabeth was a woman who was ahead of her time, constrained by conventions as well as her wasp-waisted corset. Vicky Krieps is terrific in a role which depicts Elisabeth as both a victim of her gilded cage circumstances and a chain-smoking self-absorbed uber-bitch”—Wendy Ide, Screen Daily.
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