BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmCorsage

Showing: 18 December 2022 , 26 December 2022 until 05 January 2023

Show Times

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Sun 18 Dec 2022
Mon 26 Dec 2022
Tue 27 Dec 2022
Wed 28 Dec 2022
Thu 29 Dec 2022

GenreDrama, History
DirectorMarie Kreutzer
WritersMarie Kreutzer
Language German, French, English, Hungarian, Italian
CountryAustria, Luxembourg, Germany, France
Running Time1HR 53MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Carrying the elegance and wit from her role in Phantom Thread, Vicky Krieps returns as the rebellious Empress Elizabeth ‘Sisi’ of Austria.

Christmas, 1877. Empress Elizabeth of Austria (Vicky Krieps) is turning 40. Renowned for her beauty, she undertakes daily privations to ensure she fits her wasp-waist corset and keeps her picture-perfect looks.

Suffocating in the stuffy Hapsburg court, she finds herself incapable of continuing to conform to the decorative role that is expected of her, instead carrying out desperate acts of rebellion.

With echoes of Spencer and Marie Antoinette, Kreutzer delivers a refreshing take on one woman’s emancipation. Taking liberties with history and adding some fabulous anachronisms (including an evocative soundtrack by Camille), Corsage finds a perfect balance between melancholy understatement and liberating punkish attitude. Krieps is sublime, the depth and nuances of her performance underpinning her character’s complexity (it won her the Best Actress award in Un Certain Regard at Cannes). The Empress doesn’t care about being likeable and Krieps interprets her eccentricity and impulsiveness with great verve.

Please note: the screening on 18 Dec is a Members' Preview for anyone with a paid or LUMI membership.

★★★★ "Krieps gives an exhilaratingly fierce, uningratiating performance" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian