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The Duke Of Burgundy (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (21)

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

March 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.

February 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.

February 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | 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.

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

It's an impressive achievement: the rendering of a private and extremely particular world in terms that any lover will understand.

February 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"The Duke of Burgundy" is exquisite to look at, but it succeeds best as a human drama, and a searching investigation of how to ask for what you want - and maybe even getting it in the end.

February 5, 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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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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