The Duke of Burgundy

January 23rd, 2015


The Duke of Burgundy

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A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lover.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.3/10 (251 voted)

Critic's Score: 88/100

Director: Peter Strickland

Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Chiara D'Anna

A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lover.

Sidse Babett Knudsen - Cynthia
Chiara D'Anna - Evelyn
Eugenia Caruso - Dr. Fraxini
Monica Swinn - Lorna
Fatma Mohamed - The Carpenter
Kata Bartsch - Dr. Lurida
Eszter Tompa - Dr. Viridana
Zita Kraszkó - Dr. Schuller


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Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 23 January 2015

Filming Locations: Hungary

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,000,000 (estimated)

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User Review


Rating: 7/10

Describing this film as exploring the sado-masochistic relationship of two lesbian entomologists in Eastern Europe almost makes it sound like a parody of an art-film, and film critics are going to be falling over themselves to show off how many influences they can recognise. It's not too heavy though; the only time it was too blatant was when Strickland recreates Brakhage's Mothlight. A lot of the time it does feel like Strickland is winking at the audience, though he saves the most obvious gags for the credits, often feeling like he's pastiching lesbian fetishism and 70s arcadian European films. On the one hand this is a strength of the film in that it lightens the mood and entertains, but I do feel as though it stopped the film from entirely drawing me in. The core of the film that examines the relationship is romantic, sweet and moving: about growing old and the demands lovers put on each other in a relationship. For a film about S&M it was a lot less explicit than I thought it would be: there's no nudity and the sex is all obscured or off-screen. The metaphorical parallels were less successful: the moths and entomology never truly feel like a successful metaphor or that they sufficiently enhance the story to justify the attention paid to them. It is an interesting and beautiful film and well worth your time.


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