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The Death of Louis XIV (2016)

La mort de Louis XIV (original title)
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Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers.

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Albert Serra

Writers:

Thierry Lounas (scenario), Albert Serra (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Louis XIV
Patrick d'Assumçao Patrick d'Assumçao ... Fagon
Marc Susini Marc Susini ... 1er valet du roi
Bernard Belin Bernard Belin ... Maréchal
Irène Silvagni Irène Silvagni ... Madame de Maintenon
Jacques Henric Jacques Henric ... Père Le Tellier
Vicenç Altaió ... Le Brun
Alain Lajoinie Alain Lajoinie ... Le Pelletier
Olivier Cadiot Olivier Cadiot ... Médecin 1
Philippe Crespeau Philippe Crespeau ... Médecin 2
Alain Reynaud Alain Reynaud ... Médecin 3
Richard Plano Richard Plano ... Médecin 4
Adrian Dunãrintu Adrian Dunãrintu ... Assistant Fagon
José Wallenstein José Wallenstein ... Médecin 5
Francis Montaulard Francis Montaulard ... Duc d'Orléans
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Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers.

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Country:

France | Spain | Portugal

Language:

Latin | French

Release Date:

2 November 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,002, 31 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,694, 7 July 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Mass in C Minor, K. 427
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by Helmuth Rilling
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Death as it is
4 August 2017 | by duncanbourne-44800See all my reviews

This is certainly a film that does what it says on the tin. The sole focus of the film is the death of Louis XIV the Sun King and it is interesting that the sun is notably absent from the film which for the most part resembles a series of Rembrandt paintings in its lush tones surrounded by darkness. This is not an exciting film, in fact it is quite boring in parts. But then that is death, as anyone who has sat watching over an aged relative will know. It is quiet, it is slow, drawn out over hours and days in hushed tones. This is the king of France, one of the most noted kings of France, and here he is fading from life like any ordinary person. Attended and fussed over but unable to stop the enevitable decline or gain much comfort. If I have a quibble it is that the dialoge is often painfully slow and dull in a manner that is, I feel, a bit of a cliché in this type of film. It fits the mood but was, I felt, somewhat overstated.


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