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      The Duchess of Langeais

      Released Feb 22, 2008 2h 17m History Drama Romance List
      70% Tomatometer 66 Reviews 52% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In 1820s Paris married socialite Madame de Langeais (Jeanne Balibar) captures the attention of a soldier (Guillaume Depardieu) who vows to make her his lover. Though the soldier, Armand de Montriveau, initially falls for her empty promises of seduction, he soon turns the tables on the cunning temptress. Read More Read Less

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      At times plodding and dialogue heavy, The Duchess of Langeais is nevertheless an intriguing and rewarding dissection of class and gender relations.

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      Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 5/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader It's charged with nuance yet ultimately an exercise in compressed literary adaptation. Dec 17, 2008 Full Review Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com Maybe even Rivette himself is a little too delicate for this ferocious, intensely focused pair. But he's fascinated by them, and ultimately, he loves them. Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Steve Erickson Gay City News By offering such a faithful interpretation of an old-fashioned vision of love, "The Duchess of Langeais" challenges us to ponder whether our own relationships might not be equally tortured. Mar 6, 2018 Full Review Daniel Kasman MUBI ...the film's pinnacle example of masterful direction, as well as the abyss-like darkness of the story's creeping sense of the fruitlessness of romance, and possibly of life. Nov 17, 2017 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Well-acted literary period drama based on the 1834 novella La Duchesse de Langeais by Honore Balzac. Rated: B- Apr 25, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Literate adaptation but slow-moving and overlong. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Long and frustrating, but intoxicating for some reason. A romance of completely unconsummated love. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm sure Balzac would have loved this adaptation of his work but the acting was much too melodramatic for my liking. Jeanne Balibar spends her whole time swooning and collapsing onto sofas and Guillaume Depardieu drove me mad as he clacked around on his wooden leg with his floppy hair. The film was far, far too long.... Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member An elegant tale chronicling the complex and failed love affair between a married duchess and a decorated army officer. Rivette films the action beautifully with a camera that floats through the room, while unfolding the story in a subtle manner. Most interesting in the film is the duchess' choosing of religion as death to escape her fatally flawed relationship. What is for many a choice to a fuller kind of life becomes for her a means of ushering in her death. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member I do enjoy some period pieces, but this one not so much :( Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member After watching The Duchess of Langeais I was unsure whether I just watched a terrific minimalist film or the excitement equivalent of viewing over 2 hours of the fireplace channel. Yes, there are plenty of fires with the wood cracking, so this film is a must for pyros. However, the story itself concerns a married duchess and her almost affair with an aristocratic French officer. The two meet, flirt, then one denies the other. The sexual frustrations are felt throughout by characters and viewer alike. Certainly a mockery of bourgeois morals, The Duchess of Langeais is beautiful to look at, but still somewhat empty. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 1820s Paris married socialite Madame de Langeais (Jeanne Balibar) captures the attention of a soldier (Guillaume Depardieu) who vows to make her his lover. Though the soldier, Armand de Montriveau, initially falls for her empty promises of seduction, he soon turns the tables on the cunning temptress.
      Director
      Jacques Rivette
      Producer
      Martine Marignac, Maurice Tinchant
      Screenwriter
      Jacques Rivette, Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      Cinemaundici
      Genre
      History, Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 22, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 10, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $281.5K
      Runtime
      2h 17m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SR
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