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The Death of Louis XIV Rated 12A

The Death of Louis XIV

Dir. Albert Serra. France, 2016. 1h 56m. French/subs. Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick d'Assumçao, Marc Susini, Bernard Belin, Irène Silvagni, Vicenç Altaió.

When the King of France becomes fatally ill his relatives, courtiers, and royal doctors try their best save him. Jean-Pierre Léaud gives a masterful performance as the dying monarch in an intimate and moving portrayal of death.

’Dying of old age should be the most commonplace thing. This film reveals it to be an extraordinary, eerie spectacle, waiting for all of us. It is Jean-Pierre Léaud's finest hour.’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

’Leaud’s finely nuanced performance is miraculous and possibly one of his most self-reflexive (which is saying something).’ ★★★★★ David Jenkins, Little White Lies


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