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The Duke of Burgundy

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United Kingdom, Hungary · 2014
1h 44m
Director Peter Strickland
Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, Eugenia Caruso, Zita Kraszkó
Genre Drama, Mystery, Romance

Routinely, lovers Cynthia and Evelyn enact an elaborate sadomasochistic fantasy as mistress and maid. But, as their ritual of domination and submission begins to turn stale, Cynthia yearns for something more conventional, while Evelyn desires to push their taboos even further.

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CineVue by Ben Nicholson

The Duke of Burgundy lingers long in the mind and cements its director's much-deserved place as one of the most exhilarating currently at work.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

Peter Strickland charges full-tilt into the objectifying whims of his fantasies in order to somehow reach the other end of perception, which acknowledges the ultimate empathetic limitations of said fantasies.


The Guardian by Jordan Hoffman

The Duke of Burgundy will have its detractors. But this is not just a filthy movie. It's a considerable work of art, and one that touches on a rarely discussed side of human sexuality completely free of judgement.


The Playlist by Nikola Grozdanovic

A work of immense and intense emotional vigor, sprinkled with fun-loving traits and intellectually stimulating prowess, The Duke of Burgundy is the stuff dreams are made of.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Strickland has made something uniquely sexy and strange, built on two tremendous central performances and a bone-deep understanding of cinema’s magic and mechanisms.


Variety by Scott Foundas

An act of cinephilic homage that transcends pastiche to become its own uniquely sensuous cinematic object, Strickland’s densely layered, slyly funny portrayal of the sadomasochistic affair between two lesbian entomologists tips its hats to such masters of costumed erotica as Jess Franco, Tinto Brass and Jean Rollin, without ever cheapening its strange but affecting love story.


The Dissolve by Scott Tobias

What makes The Duke Of Burgundy so affecting is how deftly Strickland and his remarkable actresses bring something as exotic as lesbian S&M into the realm of the ordinary and relatable. Viewers can see themselves in Cynthia and Evelyn, whether they’re hand-washing each other’s undergarments or not.


Village Voice by Stephanie Zacharek

Strickland builds the film, artfully, into a complex and ultimately moving essay on the privileges of victimhood and the nuances of what it means to suffer for love.

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