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...
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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
The novel Duchess Langeais is reading is the 1802 book "Delphine" by Germaine de Staël. It examines the limits of women's freedom in an aristocratic society, and the author was exiled by Napoleon. See more »
When Armand is reading the final letter of the Duchess, a wall socket is visible. See more »
Anonymous (ca. 1830)
Performed by Julien Bezias, Marie-Judith de Bucy, Jean-Yves Gratius, Gildas Guillon, Rosalie Hartog, Eric Lebrun, Marie-Ange Leurent, Christophe Minck, Sophie Rochon, Romain Senac See more »
Rivette-directed Balzac story about love?
I did not like this film -- I found it difficult to understand, ragged transitions between scenes, and that it had no point, not to mention many unanswered questions and facts that neither matched the film nor fit the plot. The plot was thin and uninteresting. And if this is love, I don't want any part of it! Many others in the theater walked out before it was over. I know Rivette is an excellent director, but I think he fell down on this one. I guess the acting was okay, but there was so little conversation in the film that it was difficult to tell. Frankly, and I'm sorry to say this, it was like watching 4 coats of paint dry -- consecutively. One of the most boring I've ever seen. I would like to know how this film played in France.
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