The Duke Of Burgundy


The Duke Of Burgundy

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



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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 Selects

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Critic Reviews for The Duke Of Burgundy

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It's a visually rich, tactile film with two beautifully observed, subtle performances at its centre.

Sep 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Feb 27, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie inhales the lost aroma of Ingmar Bergman's Persona and Joseph Losey movies such as The Servant and Accident, and also looks like an agile homage to the arthouse eroticism of Walerian Borowczyk at his most preposterous.

Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A tiny, tasteful throwback to more innocent times, when actresses with exotic names would strip off their costumes while embracing far-fetched scenarios - and one another.

Feb 13, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Duke Of Burgundy


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

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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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