The Duchess Of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)

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(out of 5)

Another foray into the world of the magnificent Jacques Rivette, this time adapting the work of Honore de Balzac to his own style.  plays the duchess who abandons her respectable upper-class life and marriage when she finds irresistible passion with a soldier () who has gone out of his way to woo her. When his fickle attentions begin to dissipate, she risks destroying her reputation completely before making one big, bold gesture that will set her on a completely new path. Stripping away all the social and economic commentary that made Balzac so rich, Rivette pares it down to the essentials of emotional interplay and, in doing so, creates something vibrant and bewitching. Slow and moody as all his films tend to be, it is nonetheless as passionate as his greatest works and overwhelming to look at with its gorgeous drawing rooms and lushly colourful gowns.

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France/Italy, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by , , Jacques Rivette, based on the novel La Duchesse de Langeais by

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2007Berlin 2007

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