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Albert Serra, 2016 115 minutes Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick d'Assumçao, Marc Susini, Bernard Belin, Irène Silvagni France, Spain, Portugal Latin, French 20 July 2017 Dutch

French nouvelle vague legend Jean-Pierre Léaud takes the title role as the expiring French monarch in the stylistically rigorous new film from Spanish auteur Albert Serra.

August 1715. After going for a walk, Louis XIV feels a pain in his leg. The next days, the king keeps fulfilling his duties and obligations, but his sleep is troubled and he has a serious fever. He barely eats and weakens increasingly. This is the start of the slow agony of the greatest king of France.

Taking place largely within the confines of Louis' Versailles bedchamber in August 1715, the film patiently observes as the 'Sun King' suffers through the advancing stages of a nasty case of gangrene, his audience of servants, doctors, and loyal dogs anxiously watching his every effort and gesture for signs of an unlikely recovery. Treading a fine line between incongruous humour and stirring pathos, Serra's slow portrait of suffering is simultaneously an ironic commentary on the absurdity of royal rituals, and a moving meditation on mortality. (source: www.tiff.net)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FILM IS IN LATIN AND FRENCH, WITH DUTCH SUBTITLES.

★★★★ De Volkskrant - 'Barok staaltje slow cinema, met een enorme hypnotiserende kracht'

★★★★ De Limburger - 'een bijzonder knappe vertolking van [Jean-Pierre] Léaud'

★★★★ Het Parool - 'La Mort de Louis XIV toont het decorumverlies en de aftakeling van de koning en speelt zich bijna volledig af rond het bed van de koning. Het is boven alles een intiem drama over sterven.'