|Sun 10th September||7.45pm|
Dir: Albert Serra | USA | 2017 | 116 mins | French with English subtitles
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick d’Assumçao, Marc Susini, Bernard Belin
In what seems like real time, this ravishing, quietly astonishing film takes you through the final days of the French Sun King, Louis XIV. A moment of both intimate and public, historical import, it’s attended by solicitous courtiers, whispering physicians and wide-eyed ladies-in-waiting; at the centre of which activity, an enormously important man lies dying. Catalan director Albert Serra (Story of My Death) – hailed as one of the most singular, radical filmmakers working today – has crafted a mesmerising, humorous and moving drama with a truly majestic central performance by Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows), darling of the French New Wave.
“Jean-Pierre Léaud gives the performance of his career in this powerful, intimate and moving account of the French king’s final days” ***** Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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