The Duke of Burgundy

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United Kingdom | 2014 | 101 Minutes | Peter Strickland

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From the director of Berberian Sound Studio comes this lush and stylish melodrama, inpired by classic European erotica films of the 1960s, is a surreal story about two women cut off from the outside world who test the limits of their relationship.

Sex, bondage, and butterflies: two women explore the extremes of carnal desire in this kinky, deliciously twisted tale of erotic obsession. In a crumbling European estate, butterfly researcher Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her lover Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) repeatedly enact a sadomasochistic role-playing game, with Cynthia as the stern mistress and Evelyn her subservient sex slave. But as the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur their relationship is pushed to the limit.

Dripping with dreamlike imagery, Gothic atmosphere, and a lush chamber pop score by Cat’s Eyes, this critically-acclaimed, darkly comic erotic fantasia from director Peter Strickland is a seductive feast for the senses.

  • Director: Peter Strickland
  • Principal Cast: Sidse Babett Kundsen, Chiara D’Anna
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 101 Minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • US Distributor: IFC Films