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The Duke Of Burgundy (2015)



Critic Consensus: Stylish, sensual, and smart, The Duke of Burgundy proves that erotic cinema can have genuine substance.

Movie Info

Day after day, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends with Evelyn's punishment and pleasure. As Cynthia yearns for a more conventional relationship, Evelyn's obsession with erotica quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to a breaking point. (C) Sundance Selectsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Strickland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2015
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Eugenia Caruso
as Dr. Fraxini
Fatma Mohamed
as The Carpenter
Kata Bartsch
as Dr. Lurida
Zita Kraszko
as Dr. Schuller
Gretchen Meddaugh
as Dr. in Audience
Eszter Tompa
as Dr. Viridana
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Critic Reviews for The Duke Of Burgundy

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (21)

[Peter Strickland's] new movie has more going on than cinematic mind games.

Full Review… | March 12, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's voyeurism, fetishism, bondage, lingerie and high-flown naughtiness galore, but that's hardly the movie's most conspicuous achievement.

Full Review… | February 27, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The Duke of Burgundy is no mere style exercise or slavish homage. Strickland finds both humour and pathos in the situation of Cynthia and Evelyn, who are every bit as trapped as the insects they collect and catalogue.

Full Review… | February 26, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's a visceral experience that begs multiple viewings not to necessarily understand meaning, but to wrap your head around the abstraction.

Full Review… | February 27, 2016
The Film Stage

It would be interesting to see how a daring female filmmaker would follow the story's fetishized elements toward their logical trajectories.

Full Review… | February 10, 2016

This is a very well acted movie with an interesting plot. The relationship between Cynthia and Evelyn is very complicated and interesting.

Full Review… | February 3, 2016
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Audience Reviews for The Duke Of Burgundy


This stimulating, stylish and sensual story of domination and co-dependency is not only technically irreproachable (the gorgeous visuals, wonderful score and outstanding sound design) but is also intelligent and rings truer than most films out there about love and relationships.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Described in advance as a lesbian S&M spectacle, this will suitably disappoint those who are interested in it for that reason. It is a portrait of a boring, middle class, repressed, repetitive relationship, like the many thousands we like to think of as such in the miles and miles of suburbia around the world. The only difference is that it is dressed up slightly by making the characters lesbian and giving the repetition a vaguely sexual nature. But it could just as easily have been about the washing up or putting out the garbage bins. Undoubtedly that was part of the point of the film, to be ironical, while being artfully put together. But the art is prosaic and the film is just a shallow, middle class indulgence. Its most unattractive feature is its crude exploitation of hundreds of dead animals, in the form of butterflies and other insects formaldehyded and pinned to the wall. One star for the nobility of those creatures, compared with the lack of it in the makers.

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Super Reviewer


Early on while watching The Duke of Burgundy I knew what I was about to watch was something special. What I did not expect was something so wholly original, refreshing, and beautiful. From the first shot to the final one The Duke of Burgundy maintains perfection. The acting was award worthy, the cinematography was beautiful, the score was one of the best I heard in 2015, and the story was so... so smooth.

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