The Duke of Burgundy
Directed by Peter Strickland
Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, Monica Swinn, Eugenia Caruso and Fatma Mohamed
Day in and day out, lovers Cynthia and Evelyn enact an elaborate sadomasochistic fantasy as mistress and maid. But as their ritual of domination and submission begins to turn stale, Cynthia yearns for something more conventional, while Evelyn tries to push their taboos even further.
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★★★★★ review by Joe on Letterboxd
Great moments in gay panic: My (male) Drafthouse server asks me if I need "anything else?" at the same time that Cynthia asks Evelyn that exact same question. We both chuckle at the coincidence, but I sense a quickening in the air, and I remember that I didn't even watch the Super Bowl this year.
★★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
This movie is unbelievable. It unfolds like you're staring at an image of a mirror within a mirror; as you approach the center, what you next see is the same as what you last saw, only slightly altered, slightly disturbed - until eventually the image is completely obscured and you're no longer sure of what you're seeing at all.
It's all in the execution. The story itself is rather simple, but Strickland has positioned a very real and very vivid world of an intimate relationship within an utterly surreal, male-absent landscape of moths, bubbles, butterflies and a sea of reflections. The autumn flavored B-roll is simply gorgeous, I wouldn't change a single thing about the score, and it's even quite funny at times.
I don't want to get into talking about the influences because this is another one of the recent films that's been derivative in the best way, combining just enough wonderfully constructed homage with pure originality to create something immensely unique, enjoyable and re-watchable.
Strickland is rapidly improving.
★★★★★ review by SilentDawn on Letterboxd
Dreams cannot exist without reality. A grounded sense of time and place must first be cemented before our minds can wander and our desires can be released. However, as the drifting into dreams becomes more frequent, some might forget about the duties and the important relationships waiting back in the realm of physical existence. Skeletons don't just appear out of nowhere. Or do they?
A full-fledged, peerless, and dreamy masterwork. Peter Strickland is a genius, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D'Anna bring two devastating performances, and I am now oddly aroused by moths. Don't worry, it's normal. I think.
★★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
opens with a woman peeing into her girlfriend's mouth. it's a beautiful story of love & communication. THE find of #TIFF14, so far.
like a sapphic S&M CERTIFIED COPY with shades of early Fassbinder and a giallo smell in the air. absolute heaven.
executive produced by Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump, in case you needed more reasons to be excited for it.
FULL REVIEW ON LITTLE WHITE LIES: www.littlewhitelies.co.uk/features/articles/tiff-2014-the-duke-of-burgundy-27816
★★★★★ review by Katie on Letterboxd
"How can I resent you? I love you. I love you."
I'm so sad.
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