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Austria, France, Luxembourg · 2022
1h 54m
Director Marie Kreutzer
Starring Vicky Krieps, Florian Teichtmeister, Katharina Lorenz, Jeanne Werner
Genre Drama, History

When Empress Elizabeth of Austria turns 40 in 1877, she fights hard to maintain her celebrated beauty. She pulls her corset tighter and tighter, adhering to a strict diet of little more than a few orange slices. But something other than vanity is eating away at her—boredom, despair, purposelessness—sending uneasy ripples through her life.

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IndieWire by

Although Corsage makes a worthy attempt to recast Elisabeth as independent of her constraints, its final note leaves it feeling a little too much like its own sort of requiem.


Time Out by Anna Smith

Kreutzer has her own style of revisionist feminist history, and aided by Krieps’s bold and brilliant turn, it’s riveting stuff.


Variety by Jessica Kiang

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.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

Kreutzer employs a variety of subtle anachronisms – servants wearing modern glasses, a concrete wall here and there – to allow herself and Krieps the freedom to introduce a modern sensibility that sticks a middle finger up at the polished production design of most films of this genre as casually as Elisabeth does at the decorum of her courtly life.


The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

Corsage . . . although a late entry to the disaffected royalty subcategory, is arguably one of the most interesting so far, much closer to the ludic, imaginative queen of the genre, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006).


TheWrap by Nicholas Barber

Ultimately, Corsage is a deeply sympathetic portrait of Elisabeth, enhanced by Krieps’ delightful performance.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

In many ways this is a study in anger, and it is an austere and angular picture. Krieps gives an exhilaratingly fierce, uningratiating performance.


The Playlist by Rafaela Sales Ross

Corsage succeeds precisely by ditching the myth of objectivity in favor of portraying a woman eternalized by the glory and dolor of her imperfections.


Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

Krieps is terrific in a role which depicts Elisabeth as both a victim of her gilded cage circumstances and a chain-smoking self-absorbed uber-bitch.

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