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Marie Kreutzer

Corsage

Officiële Selectie – In Competitie 113' - 2022 - Drama, Biography - Dialogue: Hungarian, German, French, English
Director: Marie Kreutzer Composer: Camille With: Vicky Krieps, Colin Morgan, Finnegan Oldfield
Marie Kreutzer frees Empress Elisabeth of Austria literally and figuratively from her historical straightjacket in Corsage, which shows the oppressive life of an older Sisi.
On top of being a quirky costume drama, Corsage is also a reinterpretation of a historical figure.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends. But in 1877, ‘Sissi’ celebrates her 40th birthday and must fight to maintain her public image by lacing her corset tighter and tighter. While Elisabeth’s role has been reduced against her wishes to purely performative, her hunger for knowledge and zest for life makes her more and more restless in Vienna. She travels to England and Bavaria, visiting former lovers and old friends, seeking the excitement and purpose of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elisabeth rebels against the hyperbolized image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.
"In a standard biopic factors like obsessively recording her weight and measurements, burning off some of her excess nervous energy with gruelling bouts of gymnastics or horse-riding would make for a straightforward tragedy about the sufferings of very famous, very lonely women. But as imagined by Kreutzer, and embodied by a sly Vicky Krieps, Corsage is instead a witty subversion of biopic and costume-drama clichés. Full of odd glitches and deliberate flubs in period detail, the film feels like an invitation into a secret conspiracy to reach back through time and, with deft, irreverent 21st-century fingers, loosen the stays on Empress Elisabeth’s corsetry just a little." - Variety

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Credits

Director

Marie Kreutzer

Composer

Camille

With

Vicky Krieps, Colin Morgan, Finnegan Oldfield

Scenario

Marie Kreutzer

Director of Photography

Judith Kaufmann

Editor

Ulrike Kofler

Producer

Alexander Glehr, Johanna Scherz

Production studios

Film AG

Distributor

Imagine Film Distribution

More information

Dialogue

Hungarian, German, French, English

Countries of production

Austria, Germany, France

Year

2022

Filmography

Marie Kreutzer
The Fatherless (2011), Gruber Is Leaving (2015), We Used to Be Cool (2016), Die Notlüge (TV film, 2017), The Ground Beneath My Feet (2019), VIER (TV film, 2022), Corsage (2022)

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