You don't mention Dogtooth, of course, which is without compare. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=31795
The assertive if tongue-in-cheek title of that thread (I wanted a "game" in which people saw it before saying anything) caused some angry responses, but discussion was interesting.
Lobster didn't do it for me like that.
I really liked The Favourite, too! Everything you say. One of the best movies about "royals" ever (not that another comes to mind). Except I liked Rachel Weisz best, what do you know? I laughed unconrollably during the early "you look like a beaver" scene, wherein I realized what the point of the film really was. I also felt that as didactic fiction it was only two omitted scenes short of perfection. Though short, the first of my ideas especially might have bust the clearly restricted budget, or been too much on the nose:
- Jump cut to the court in Vienna or Paris. No explanation. Two, three, as many as five minute scene. Don't even know what should be in it. The scenario can differ radically from the one in Britain, long as it is equally ridiculous and the royals and courtiers depicted are also brutal and obsequious and scheming as they slap each other around while incidentally talking about decisions in the same bloody war. This scene should not relate directly in any way to the stuff depicted in Britain. Nothing of whatever it is is mentioned or indicated once the scene is done and we resume with Anne's court. (Any suggestions?)
- Jump cut to Marlborough's tent. He is feeling frustration and futility as he navigates matters of logistics and supply, reluctantly orders expropriations and flies into a rage about changes in the market price for carrots and beets since last week.
I found The Favourite positively Kubrickian as a work of what I'd call higher realism (despite the anachronistic elements), a sociology. You say allegory. How so? Dogtooth certainly was, although at the same time it could easily have been treated as the literal story of one family in realistic mode (just bumped the old thread to highlight a post by Willow that made this point). Can you expand on what you see as allegorical in The Favourite?
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