The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Guillaume Depardieu, Jeanne Balibar, and Michel Piccoli star in director Jacques Rivette's adaptation of the Balzac novella The Duchesse de Langeais, which tells the tale of a Parisian socialite who is romantically pursued by a Napoleonic war hero. The story begins as grieving French general Armand de Montriveau (Depardieu) arrives at a Majorcan church to speak with French nun Antionette le Langeais (Balibar). General de Montriveau believes le Langeais to be a woman he once loved dearly, but eventually lost. As the pair is reunited under the watchful eyes of the presiding priest and mother superior, their romantic past gradually comes into focus. It was five years ago that bored socialite Antoinette first became enamored with the wounded soldier whose rousing tales of adventure offered exciting contrast to her highly refined lifestyle. Though she was married at the time, the coquettish cosmopolitan quickly fell under the spell of the commanding military man -- who vowed that very night that Antoinette would be his lover. As their romance grows more complicated, the passionate pair finds it increasingly difficult to deny the powerful connection that binds them.
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Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Jeanne Balibar
as Antoinette de Langeais
Guillaume Depardieu
as Armand de Montriveau
Michel Piccoli
as Vidame de Pamiers
Bulle Ogier
as Princess de Blamont-Chauvry
Anne Cantineau
as Clara de Serizy
Mathias Jung
as Julien
Julie Judd
as Lisette
Marc Barbé
as Marquis de Ronquerolles
Nicolas Bouchaud
as De Trailles
Thomas Durand
as De Marsay
Beppe Chierici
as L'alcade
Victoria Zinny
as Mother Superior
Barbet Schroeder
as Le duc de Grandieu
Birgit Ludwig
as Diane de Maufrigneuse
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Critic Reviews for The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe)

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (26)

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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It's charged with nuance yet ultimately an exercise in compressed literary adaptation.

Full Review… | December 17, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Salon.com
Top Critic

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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The everyday moviegoer will find it as impenetrable as its heroine. But if you vibrate to nuances of style, if you enjoy tension gathering strength beneath terrible restraint, if you admire great acting, then you will.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The director guides the viewer through a sly consideration of near-sociopathic not-quite-lovers, one of whom finds refuge in religion, the other in romantic obsession.

June 19, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe)

½

Unfortunately this is the end for Guillaume Depardieu and it isn't as polished as other period pieces that I am more taken with.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

[font=Georgia][color=black][b]'Eagle Eye'[/b][/color][/font] [font=Georgia][color=black]Loopy, preachy, stiff -- cool car crashes though. Did director D.J. Caruso really feel like that last scene was necessary? What a thoughtless, give-up, [i]Return of the Jedi[/i] ending that was, yuck.[/color][/font] [b][font=Georgia][color=black]'Ghost Town'[/color][/font][/b] [font=Georgia][color=black]Gervais and Leoni are charming, it's genuinely funny in a classy way, never cheap. The dialogue can become a plate-spinning, "Who's on first?" routine, but it's usually in good fun -- pretty underrated, good comedy.[/color][/font] [b][font=Georgia][color=black]'The Duchess of Langeais'[/color][/font][/b] [font=Georgia][color=black]A straight-laced literary adaptation and all that that implies -- burrowing, meditative, self-serious, ocassionally beautiful. A tough sit for most at 140 minutes, but a superior work to [i]The Other Boelyn Girl[/i] and [i]The Duchess[/i] -- films looking more for costume nominations than anything else.[/color][/font]

Chase Kahn
Chase Kahn
½

this story is amazing and the action is first rate and yes the filmaking is top notch but, but this movie bored me at times and it is because it is just not that interesting

Shawn Wade
Shawn Wade

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