The Father (Florian Zeller, 2020)

Anthony is an 80-year-old Welshman who is frequently visited by Anne, his daughter. Anne questions if he is capable of living in his flat – especially after displaying an abrasive attitude with a recent caretaker. Anthony insists that he doesn’t need help, although with his surroundings inexplicably changing right before his very eyes, Anne finds herself at wit’s end.

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The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018)

The death of the childless Charles II of Spain ignited a conflict all throughout Europe. As part of the Grand Alliance, Great Britian is fighting a war alongside the Holy Roman Empire, the Dutch Republic, and Hasbsburg Spain against France and Bourbon Spain. It is now 1708 and Queen Anne sits on the throne. She is in poor health, and is consequently not interested in governing the kingdom. Those duties are delegated to her confidant and secret lover, Duchess Sarah Churchill of Marlborough, making her the effective ruler of the country. This relationship between the queen and her confidant will be challenged when Abigail Hill, Sarah’s younger cousin, arrives at Court looking for work.

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