The Duke of Burgundy
- Directed by: Peter Strickland
- Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, Monica Swinn
- UK release: 9 October 2014
Cynthia (Knudsen) and Evelyn (D'Anna) are lovers who share a passion for the collection and study of winged insects, but their sadomasochistic mistress-servant relationship is threatened by Evelyn's insatiable appetites. The sensual imagery and tortured relationship are tempered by sensitive performances and surprisingly irreverent humour.
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Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D’anna, Monica Swinn. Peter Strickland’s fascination with 1970s European cinema, last seen in the acclaimed Berberian Sound System, flourishes in this tale of a female couple testing the limits of their relationship. Set in a lush alternative universe, full of castles in the forest and butterfly-collecting, Knudsen and d’Anna portray a “desperately moving – and also sensationally funny” relationship (The Telegraph) in a picture that is “erotic, neurotic and utterly individual” (The Guardian).
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The Duke of Burgundy8 Oct 2014
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