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.

Listen to our review of The Favourite in our January Film Podcast. The review starts at 0.35 mark…


119 minutes


Country of origin:
Great Britain, Ireland and USA

Year of production: