The Favourite

2018 film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
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The Favourite is a 2018 film about the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins jockeying to be court favourites during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara.

Queen Anne

  • Some wounds do not close; I have many such.
  • Did you just look at me? Did you!? Look at me. Look at me! [the servant looks at her] HOW DARE YOU!? CLOSE YOUR EYES!
  • STOP! [gets up out of her chair] ENOUGH! [yells out of the window] STOP! BEGONE! I COMMAND IT! [music ends as violinists leave the garden] LEAVE!! I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT! [conductor stops and bows to the queen]
  • I like when she puts her tongue in me.
  • Oh it is fun to be queen sometimes!

Lady Sarah

  • [to Robert Harley] Your mascara is running. If you want to fix yourself we can discuss this later.
  • There are limits to what one can give.
  • [to Abigail] If you do not go, I will start kicking you and I will not stop.
  • Mrs. Meg, your cream bill is outrageous. Are you bathing in it to help your hemorrhoids?
  • Sometimes a lady likes to have some fun.

Abigail Hill

  • As it turns out, I'm capable of much unpleasantness.
  • I'm on my side. Always.


Queen Anne: [after her fall] They were all staring, weren't they? I can tell even if I can't see. And I heard the word fat! Fat and ugly!
Lady Sarah: Anne, no one but me would dare and I did not.

Lady Sarah: Anne, you are too sensitive.
Queen Anne: And you are too mean and uncaring, some days.
Lady Sarah: Some days I'm quite lovely though. Let's think on them!

Lady Sarah: None for the queen.
Queen Anne: What?
Lady Sarah: Well you cannot have hot chocolate. Your stomach, the sugar inflames it.
Queen Anne: Abigail, hand me that cup!
Lady Sarah: [casually] Do not.
Abigail: I'm sorry I do not know what to do.
Lady Sarah: Oh fine, give it to her. And you can get a bucket and mop for the aftermath.

Abigail: You're so beautiful.
Queen Anne: Stop it, you mock me.
Abigail: I do not. If I were a man, I would ravish you!

Abigail: My dear friend and cousin, how good to see you've returned from...
Lady Sarah: Hell. I'm sure you shall pass through it one day.

Robert Harley: I wish to make a statement to the queen.
Lady Sarah: State it to me. I love a comedy. Is there cake?

Abigail: [after Sarah slaps Abigail twice in the face] Obviously you still have some anger issues. I will allow it this once.
Lady Sarah: Congratulations on your wedding night.
[Abigail snorts dismissively]

Lady Sarah: Abigail has done this. She does not love you.
Queen Anne: Because how could anyone? She wants nothing from me. Unlike you.
Lady Sarah: She wants nothing from you. And yet somehow she is a lady. With 2000 a year, and Harley sits on your knee most nights.
Queen Anne: I wish you could love me as she does!
Lady Sarah: You wish me to lie to you? "Oh you look like an angel fallen from heaven, your majesty." No. Sometimes, you look like a badger. And you can rely on me to tell you.
Queen Anne: Why?
Lady Sarah: Because I will not lie! That is love!

Sidney Godolphin: Obviously you have chosen to keep the particulars of your dismissal from me. I shall leave a gap in the conversation for you to remedy that.
[silence and dead stares from Lady Sarah]
Sidney Godolphin: I do not know of women and their feelings, but I know they nurse their hurts like wailing newborns.
Lady Sarah: Godolphin, I have a surge of desire to see your nose broken. Your point?

Abigail: [about the war] If your husband dies?
Lady Sarah: Did you not sacrifice your cunt for a fatty German to save your father?
Abigail: Yes.
Lady Sarah: There is always a price to pay. I am prepared to pay it.

Abigail: You should lie down.
Queen Anne: You shall speak when asked to! I feel dizzy, I need to hold on to something.
[she grabs Abigail's hair]


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