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Jun152019

Mary Queen of Scots (15)

 

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.

History has not been kind to Mary, Queen of Scots. Beyond her native land, she’s little more than a tragic footnote in Tudor history, ruined by disastrous marriages and the suspicion of her subjects. She fled into the arms of her cousin, Elizabeth I of England, only to find herself imprisoned and (eventually) on the chopping block. However, Mary Queen of Scots, a new film on her life, promises to reposition the reputations of Mary and Elizabeth, not as victim and destroyer, but as formidable equals, played, in turn, by two formidable actors, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. Clarisse Loughrey for The Independent

 

Running time 120mins 

 

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