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

July 14, 2017
One of the most lugubrious movie premises of recent years -- watch King Louis XIV, the Sun King, die slowly, in one dark room, over nearly two hours of screen time -- is here transformed into startling and fresh entertainment.
July 14, 2017
If you like this kind of thing, The Death of Louis XIV is fascinating.
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
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.
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.
April 3, 2017
Serra's ideas are serious but simple, and his movie seems to illustrate them in slow motion.
March 30, 2017
Sober, meticulous and entirely convincing in its depiction of period and mortality.
March 30, 2017
It's such a conceptually fertile film that one wishes that it weren't also a bore.
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.
October 14, 2016
By far Serra's most accessible work to date.
October 14, 2016
Claustrophobic and often grimly funny.