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The Duchess of Langeais (2007)

Ne touchez pas la hache (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 28 March 2007 (France)
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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Julien
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Lisette
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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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The Duchess of Langeais  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$281,468 (USA) (25 July 2008)
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The film keeps the original title of Balzac's novel from March 1834. 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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A Cinematic Sleeping Pill
27 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, I'll admit it. I've only seen a couple of Jacques Rivette's films apart from this one (Celine & Julie Go Boating & Le Belle Noisettes). I had heard prior to seeing those that Rivette was always one to make it difficult for audiences (timing being one:a standard Rivette film clocks in no less than two and a half hours). 'Ne Touchez Pas La Hache' is a beautifully filmed exercise cinematic narcolepsy. The characters seem to sleepwalk their way throughout this film. A few of the other cinephiles in attendance seemed to get their jollies from this film. To each their own, I say. I guess I should see some more of Rivette's work before I toss in the towel on him (I still prefer Trufaut,or even Goddard,among the French "new wave" directors).


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