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The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 23 January 2015 (USA)
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A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lesbian lover.


Peter Strickland
7 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Chiara D'Anna ... Evelyn
Kata Bartsch Kata Bartsch ... Dr. Lurida
Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Cynthia
Monica Swinn ... Lorna
Zita Kraszkó Zita Kraszkó ... Dr. Schuller
Gretchen Meddaugh Gretchen Meddaugh ... Dr. in Audience
Eszter Tompa ... Dr. Viridana
Fatma Mohamed Fatma Mohamed ... The Carpenter
Eugenia Caruso ... Dr. Fraxini / The Scream (voice)


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

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Drama | Mystery | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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UK | Hungary



Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burgonya Dükü See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,000, 25 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,630, 8 February 2015
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first scene the lead actresses shot for the movie is the visit of The Carpenter. See more »


The Carpenter: Would a human toilet be a suitable compromise?
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Crazy Credits

Perfume by: Je suis Gizella See more »


Referenced in Fake or Fortune?: Lowry (2015) See more »


Forest Intro
Written by Rachel Zeffira & Faris Badwan
Performed by Cat's Eyes
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Fantastic looking "short"
19 May 2016 | by IndustriousAngelSee all my reviews

A rather simple "story" or rather vignette about the tensions in a relationship - the two lovers are lesbians (Evelyn and Cynthia) and are playing out a dominance and submission scenario - but basically the problems the couple faces are the same as with most relationships: Boredom by routine, a little jealousy, and Cynthia is having trouble with Evelyn's more and more demanding whims.

What makes this film stand out for me is the all-embracing vision: Acting, costumes, set design, props, music, rhythm - everything works together perfectly to form a total work of art. Usually such a clear and uncompromising concept is restricted to short films; here it's drawn out to 100 lush minutes. I felt positively reminded of Peter Greenaway! There are also some fun visual jokes or references like the mannequins in the audience but they don't take away from the focus.

Now, while that's some praise, there's also drawbacks that come with this single-mindedness: The plot is just a "plot", coming from and leading to nowhere; we never learn much about the characters; the whole thing begins to feel drawn-out. Basically you could have told the thing in 30 minutes without losing much impact. While I can wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful production, I doubt if I'll rewatch it anytime soon in its full length.

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