The Duke of Burgundy

Dir.: Peter Strickland | United Kingdom 2014 | 104 min

Sidse Babett Knudsen is always excellent, but in 'The Duke of Burgundy' she is excellent as a lesbian S/M dominatrix. We did not see that in 'Borgen'. Neither is 'The Duke' as other films. It unfolds in a timeless middle-European alternative world where all the characters are women, dressed as vintage aristocracy and, by the way, eager insect collectors. Cynthia (Knudsen) is, for example, really in to moths. As well as Evelyn, who she has a sophisticated erotic relationship with that involves both corsets and golden showers. Which is not quite what we think it is. After the convincing debut 'Katalin Varga', which won the New Talent Award at PIX'09, and the much more silly neo-giallo 'Berberian Sound Studio', this time Peter Strickland gives the erotic film, inspired by Jesús Franco and Walerian Borowczyk, a loving and intellectually provocative treatment. It is a delight to watch. With lingerie-hot photos and pitch-black humor - and despite all the excesses, it is quite innocent. "Visually ravishing, emotionally wise, and kinky as a coiled rope," wrote The Hollywood Reporter.

Original Title
The Duke of Burgundy
Country
United Kingdom
Release Year
2014
Duration
104 min.
Directors
Peter Strickland
Producer
Andy Starke
Script
Cast
Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, Eugenia Caruso, Zita Kraszko, Monica Swinn, Eszter Tompa
Camera
Nic Knowland
Sound
Rob Entwistle
Editor
Matyas Fekete
Music
Cat's Eyes
Production Company
Rook Films
Version
English Version
Tempo
1
Thrills
5
Sighs
9
Laughs
5
Look
9
Food for thought
5