British royals battle one another for the keys to the kingdom in this story of the turbulent life of Mary Stuart.
The charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) becomes Queen of France at 16, is widowed at 18, defies pressure to remarry, and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, these female regents operating in a masculine world must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.
(UK / 2018 / Directed by Josie Rourke)
R / 125 mins.