2022 (France, Germany, Luxembourg) 113 minutes

Directed by: Marie Kreutzer

Magnetic star Vicky Krieps (Bergman Island) vividly inhabits Empress Elisabeth of Austria in writer-director Marie Kreutzer’s examination of the beloved, restless, and occasionally scandalous 19th-century ruler at midlife, a performance for which Krieps won Best Actress at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. In this whimsical portrait, the woman known as “Sissi” is coming to terms with turning 40 and feeling constricted — as much by her social role in her dysfunctional marriage to the emotionally distant Emperor Franz Joseph I (Florian Teichtmeister) as by the corset that lends the film its name. Using a cool palette and a preference for understatement, Kreutzer deftly renders the social realities of the period, while offering fresh insight on the plight of a woman trapped by the beauty of her public image. With complex intelligence and verve, Krieps refreshes our notions of female regality, and of costume drama. 

2022 Cannes Film Festival – Won – Un Certain Regard

2022 San Sebastian International Film Festival – Won – Otra Mirada Award

Incline Village Cinema – December 4 – 8:15pm

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