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The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 23 January 2015 (USA)
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A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lesbian lover.

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Peter Strickland
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chiara D'Anna ... Evelyn
Kata Bartsch Kata Bartsch ... Dr. Lurida
Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Cynthia
Monica Swinn ... Lorna
Zita Kraszkó Zita Kraszkó ... Dr. Schuller
Gretchen Meddaugh Gretchen Meddaugh ... Dr. in Audience
Eszter Tompa Eszter Tompa ... Dr. Viridana
Fatma Mohamed Fatma Mohamed ... The Carpenter
Eugenia Caruso ... Dr. Fraxini / The Scream (voice)
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A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lesbian lover.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burgonya Dükü See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,902, 25 January 2015

Gross USA:

$64,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,147
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There are no men in the film at all. See more »

Quotes

Cynthia: Oh, if we could all just say Pinastri to end our torments.
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Includes a credit for "Human Toilet Consultants". See more »

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Featured in Film 2017: Episode #44.6 (2015) See more »

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Door No.3
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Butterfly Effect
6 November 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

Titled after a butterfly native to Britain, this intense drama focuses on a romantic relationship between two entomologists that begins to crumble as their role playing takes an emotional strain on the woman forced to play dominant by her masochistic girlfriend. Lusciously photographed, with several shots that slowly travel up and down butterfly displays, and beginning with opening credits in the fashion of a late 1960s or early 1970s movie, 'The Duke of Burgundy' is a visually arresting experience and the detailed costumes are impressive too. The film also benefits from a lack of exposition; at first, the submissive woman appears to the dominant's maid and our preconceptions are further challenged as it is slowly revealed that the submissive one has all control in the relationship, often uncomfortably coaxing her lover into improvising speeches and punishments to help her achieve satisfaction. Interesting as all this might sound, the completely non-explicit way that their interactions are filmed takes away much of the intimacy with no nudity and precious few moments of them close together. The repetitiveness of their routines also grows tiresome, if somewhat appropriately so to reflect the dominant one's disenchantment with their affair. Certainly, there is enough of interest here to make the film worth a look, but one's mileage will probably vary.


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