The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV)

2017

The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The Death of Louis XIV will frustrate viewers out of sync with its deliberate pace, but those with the patience to settle in may be rewarded with a thoughtful, finely detailed drama.

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August 1715. After going for a walk, Louis XIV feels a pain in his leg. The next days, the king keeps fulfilling his duties and obligations, but his sleep is troubled and he has a serious fever. He barely eats and weakens increasingly. This is the start of the slow agony of the greatest king of France, surrounded by his relatives and doctors.

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A masterpiece.

Jul 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Time and gangrene wait for no man, even if he is the eighteenth century's most powerful ruler.

Jul 12, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Serra has done his subject justice, transmuting the slow and steady march toward oblivion into an aptly imposing and unyielding work of art.

Jun 1, 2017 | Full Review…

At its most powerful it presents an allegory of the decline and fall and vanity of power, and an intimate look at the inevitable confrontation with mortality faced by kings and commoners alike.

May 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Serra's ideas are serious but simple, and his movie seems to illustrate them in slow motion.

Apr 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Sober, meticulous and entirely convincing in its depiction of period and mortality.

Mar 30, 2017 | Full Review…

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