Vienna 1877: Empress Elizabeth of Austria turns 40. Always famed for her beauty, Elizabeth is also a curious and intelligent woman, with a keen passion for life. But under increased public scrutiny, she finds herself battling between conforming as a mere “trophy” figure with a tiny waist (maintained by her tight corsets), or rebelling against expectations and pursuing the freedom she craves.
Actress Vicky Krieps not only stars as Elizabeth, but also originated the idea for Corsage, making it a very personal project for her. She worked closely with director Kreutzer on this stunning retelling of the life of the real empress, and the result is an unconventional costume drama, which presents an alternative, feminist view of this historical figure.
Director: Marie Kreutzer
Cast: Vicky Krieps, Florian Teichtmeister, Colin Morgan
113 minutes, Austria, France, Germany, 2022,
“★ ★ ★ ★ In many ways this is a study in anger, and it is an austere and angular picture. Krieps gives an exhilaratingly fierce, uningratiating performance.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2022
“★ ★ ★ ★ … Kreutzer has her own style of revisionist feminist history, and aided by Krieps’s bold and brilliant turn, it’s riveting stuff.”
– Anna Smith, Time Out, Cannes Film Festival 2022