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The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

 -  Drama  -  23 January 2015 (USA)
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A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lover.

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A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lover.

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The safe word 'Pinastri' is a reference to Sphinx Pinastri (also known as Pine Hawk-moth) which is found in Scotland and England. See more »

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Intriguing oneiric examination of relationships
21 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Describing this film as exploring the sado-masochistic relationship of two lesbian entomologists in Eastern Europe almost makes it sound like a parody of an art-film, and film critics are going to be falling over themselves to show off how many influences they can recognise. It's not too heavy though; the only time it was too blatant was when Strickland recreates Brakhage's Mothlight. A lot of the time it does feel like Strickland is winking at the audience, though he saves the most obvious gags for the credits, often feeling like he's pastiching lesbian fetishism and 70s arcadian European films. On the one hand this is a strength of the film in that it lightens the mood and entertains, but I do feel as though it stopped the film from entirely drawing me in. The core of the film that examines the relationship is romantic, sweet and moving: about growing old and the demands lovers put on each other in a relationship. For a film about S&M it was a lot less explicit than I thought it would be: there's no nudity and the sex is all obscured or off-screen. The metaphorical parallels were less successful: the moths and entomology never truly feel like a successful metaphor or that they sufficiently enhance the story to justify the attention paid to them. It is an interesting and beautiful film and well worth your time.


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