By Ernesto Garrett, Special Envoy for Toronto, Canada.
“The Lost King”D Stephen Frears (“Queen”) and which is presented in the world premiere segment of this North American event, tells the true story of an amateur historian (Sally Hawkins) who fights against suspicion and bureaucracy in search of the final resting place of King Richard III.
,It is said that history is written by the conquerors“, notes the official description of the film in the TIFF catalog. This was never more true than in the case of King Richard III, discredited by Henry Tudor from the moment of his defeat, to the truth of his life for later generations (among them Shakespeare). and possibly the most guilty).
Over the course of 500 years, “alternative facts” became conventional wisdom. until Philippa Langley took over Ricciardo.
Screenwriters Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, who previously worked with director Stephen Frears on Fantastic “Philomena” 2013, they reunite with Stephen Frears to create the perfect narrative tension between past and present. Through his sensitive and energetic portrayal of Philippa, Hawkins shows us a woman who fights fiercely to redeem Richard, while feeling powerless to change the misgivings of others. In repairing Richard III’s fractured perception of history, Philippa asks Stephen Frears to repair himself.
A few years ago, when I interviewed Stephen Frears about the film “Queen”We are talking about the British monarchy and its critical view of the aristocratic rule in their country. Recall that Frears had a remarkable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in her 2006 film: a chiaroscuro entertainer that won the Best Actress Oscar for Helen Mirren.
now with “The Lost King”Stephen Frears again presents a study on the English monarchy.
—Why do you think life sometimes feels like it was written by a screenwriter? Because the queen has passed away. And now he is at the premiere of this film about the monarchy.
“You know, I guess life wasn’t what you wanted it to be. It’s not what you think it’s going to be.
-And if you can comment on some thoughts about the Queen’s death, please, because you directed.”Queen”
– Oh I understand. I don’t think it is related. I mean, it’s always sad when someone dies. Why would it be any different?
In “the lost king”, Langley (Sally Hawkins) is a writer who finds herself in a middle-aged malaise after a divorce and some health problems. He meets the Richard III Society, a group of amateur historians intent on rehabilitating Richard’s damaged reputation, and soon becomes obsessed with finding his lost remains.
Despite the taunts of historians and the concern of her family (the exception is her ex-husband John, played by Steve Coogan, who is supportive but confused), Our amateur detective prevails,
But her search for Richard’s true fate is not the final chapter in this fascinating story.
The film’s ironic third act, in which the bureaucrats try to do to Philippa the same way Henry Tudor did to Richard, is a sentimental addition to the true story.
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