France vs. Hollywood
You can always count on Hollywood for deep thoughts. Wunderkind director Sofia Coppola is no exception. Her latest film, a biopic about the cake-eating French queen Marie Antoinette, is really, in Coppola's words, just a "story...about teenagers in Versailles."
It seems the French are all in a huff over Coppola's modern pop-culture take on their beloved Marie Antoinette. And actress Kirst Dunst's depiction of Antoinette as a sexpot is creating an uncharacteristically prudish reaction on the part of French audiences. The film was booed earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival and the Marie Antoinette Association is now questioning the film's historical validity.
But according to Dunst, they have nothing to worry about. As she put it, "It's kind of like a history of feelings rather than a history of facts."
Um, like, thanks, Kirsten.
Then again, anything that irritates the French can't be all that bad.