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The Duchess of Langeais (2007)
"Ne touchez pas la hache" (original title)

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In Majorca, in 1823, a French general, Armand de Montriveau, overhears a cloistered nun singing in a chapel; he insists on speaking to her. She is Antoinette, for five years he has searched... See full summary »

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Thomas Durand ...
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De Trailles
Mathias Jung ...
Julien
Julie Judd ...
Lisette
Victoria Zinny ...
La mère supérieure
Remo Girone ...
Le confesseur au couvent
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L'alcade
Paul Chevillard ...
Duc de Navarreins
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Duc de Grandlieu
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In Majorca, in 1823, a French general, Armand de Montriveau, overhears a cloistered nun singing in a chapel; he insists on speaking to her. She is Antoinette, for five years he has searched for her. Flash back to their meeting in Paris, he recently returned from Africa, she married and part of the highest society. She flirts with him, and soon he's captivated. His behavior is possessive, insistent. Then, it is her turn to become obsessed. Letters, balls, scandal, a kidnapping, and an ultimatum bring her to the cloister and him to melancholy. Whose steel proved sharper? Is it tragic or grotesque? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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28 March 2007 (France)  »

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The Duchess of Langeais  »

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$22,251 (USA) (22 February 2008)

Gross:

$281,468 (USA) (25 July 2008)
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#10, tied with "Sang sattawat" and "Hei yan quan") See more »

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When Armand is reading the final letter of the Duchess, a wall socket is visible. See more »

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Version of La duchesse de Langeais (1995) See more »

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Oh, How We Tease
9 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Set in the earlier part of the 19th century in Europe, this story is about a war hero General and the duchess of the title. They carry on an affair which in this film is more words as promises than words as actions. I like the fact that the film begins far from where the film is mainly set, years later. Antoinette, played by Ms. Balibar, is a pretty lady, and their affair is carried out over time. The duchess, however, is married, which of course complicates matters. The film may be a little too long to get to its conclusion, but it is well acted and somewhat absorbing. I would recommend it to anyone who likes these kind of period pieces, if not anyone who craves action mostly. It held my interest though, as I said, it would have been better if they shaved twenty minutes off of it. You may like it.


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