THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV
Directed by Albert Serra
2016, 105 minutes
2016, 105 minutes
Versailles, August 1715. Back from hunting, Louis XIV - magisterially interpreted by New Wave icon and honorary Palme d’Or recipient (Jean-Pierre Léaud) - feels pain in his leg. A serious fever erupts, which marks the beginning of the agony of the greatest King of France. Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors who come in turns at his bedside sensing the impending power vacuum, the Sun King struggles to run the country from his bed.
Based on extensive medical records and the memoirs of the Duke of Saint-Simon and other courtiers, The Death of Louis XIV is a wry neoclassical chamber drama, a work of pure magic by Albert Serra, one of today’s most singular directors.
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & Awards
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection - Rotterdam
Official Selection - BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection - Viennale
"A mesmerizing elegy."
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"The most beautiful film at Cannes 2016."
– Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound
"An instant classic."
– Filmmaker Magazine
"Serra has crafted a ravishing, darkly witty evocation of 18th-century aristocracy and a neoclassical period piece as reminiscent of the historical films of Visconti and Rossellini as the modernist literary adaptations of Rohmer and Oliveira."
– Jordan Cronk, Film Comment
I WAS AT HOME, BUT...
Astrid, a forty-something mother of two, struggles to regain her balance in the wake of her husband’s death. Her adolescent son Phillip disappeared for a week and now that he has returned, he faces disciplinary action at school and his toe requires amputation. As new questions confront Astrid from every angle, even simple activities like buying a bicycle or engaging with a work of art, are fraught with unexpected challenges.