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The Favourite

In early 18th century England there is war with France but duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail arrives, friendship and hitherto thwarted ambition thrive. Acclaimed at the Venice Film festival, the latest work from Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred Deer) is a more mainstream affair but still retains his trademark brilliance.