Sissi, formally known as Empress Elisabeth of Austria, is a historical figure defined in the popular European imagination by dainty, porcelain figurines and a series of saccharine film romances starring Romy Schneider.
In their witty, sexy, distinctly postmodern Sissi biopic Corsage, director Marie Kreutzer and star Vicky Krieps don’t exactly take a wrecking ball to that legacy: it’s too elegant and refined a film for that. But it’s a revisionist portrait that gives the Empress far more than just new clothes: examining her psychological, social and sexual restlessness in the shadow of her 40th birthday, this is a story of feminist liberation that daringly breaks from the historical record while probing what feels like a larger truth. Featuring Krieps’ sharpest, slyest work since her breakout turn in Phantom Thread, Corsage is a breathtaking costume drama with a bold 21st-century eye.
Sunday, 6 November 2022 - 4:00pm @ Cineworld