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

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July 14, 2017
A masterpiece.
July 12, 2017
Dying of old age should be the most commonplace thing. This film reveals it to be an extraordinary, eerie spectacle, waiting for all of us. It is Jean-Pierre Laud's finest hour.
July 12, 2017
In its own sombre, ritualistic way, the film makes compelling viewing.
July 12, 2017
A poignant and accessible story; that of death itself, its relentless pursuit and its ability to make us all equal in the end.
July 12, 2017
Time and gangrene wait for no man, even if he is the eighteenth century's most powerful ruler.
July 12, 2017
Comic, tragic and boasting one hell of a kiss-off quip.
July 10, 2017
This is as gorgeous as an oil painting, and about as lively. But Jean-Pierre Laud effortlessly summons up the iron ruler inside the failing man.
July 10, 2017
Uncompromising, challenging and deeply felt.
June 30, 2017
The Spanish director shows an attraction for historical property, alluding, for example, to the old Europe and what it represents. [Full review in Spanish]
June 1, 2017
Serra has done his subject justice, transmuting the slow and steady march toward oblivion into an aptly imposing and unyielding work of art.
May 24, 2017
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 19, 2017
All that quiet is full of contemplation, as the film allows viewers room to bring their own baggage, time and space to meditate on how mortality one day comes for us all.
May 13, 2017
...a sumptuous vision for the eye, lit like a Rembrandt, Laud the picture of corporeal decay cushioned in rich burgundies.
April 8, 2017
An unusual French film about death and dying.
March 31, 2017
The range of physical acting that Laud accomplishes beneath teeming, toppling royal perukes-powdered wigs-is both minimal and maximal, body laid out, papery eyelids aflutter... the dead weight of our memories of Laud's long onscreen life-on-the-run...
March 31, 2017
As slow and stately as this royal depiction of death is, it nonetheless achieves a gripping "you are there" immediacy that is never less than mesmerizing.
March 30, 2017
Sober, meticulous and entirely convincing in its depiction of period and mortality.
March 30, 2017
Will someone at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences please finally give Laud an honorary Oscar?
March 29, 2017
In The Death of Louis XIV writer/director Albert Serra shows us that monumental events can be conveyed through the smallest of details.
March 28, 2017
Catalan prankster Albert Serra's film ultimately emerges as a compact, improbably riveting viewing experience.
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