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The Duchess of Langeais

The Duchess of Langeais

Canadian Theatrical Release


Director: Jacques Rivette
Starring: Jeanne Balibar, Guillaume Depardieu
Distributor: Maximum Films
Directed by legendary French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Rivette, The Duchess Of Langeais is based on Honor de Balzac's novella of the same name.

Antoinette is the Duchess of Langeais (Jeanne Balibar), a married coquette who frequents the most extravagant balls in 1820's Paris during The Restoration, where hypocrisy and vanity reign. Upon the handsome general Armand de Montriveau's (Guillaume Depardieu) first meeting with her, he is smitten, convinced that he has met his true love. Flattered by his attentions, the alluring Antoinette orchestrates a calculating game of seduction in which she repeatedly refuses Montriveau. Despite his sincere romantic declarations, Montriveau's passion remains unfulfilled. When the humiliated Montriveau eventually seeks his revenge, Antoinette's love awakens. But it may well be too late for the star-crossed lovers.