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The Duchess of Langeais

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Original title
Ne touchez pas la hache
Running time
137 min.
France France
Christine Laurent, Pascal Bonitzer (Novel: Honoré de Balzac)
William Lubtchansky
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Co-production France-Italy; Pierre Grise Productions / arte France Cinéma / Cinemaundici / Cinecinema / Canal+ / Région Ile-de-France / CNC
Drama | Costume Drama. 19th Century
Movie Groups
Honoré de Balzac Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Antoinette is the Duchess of Langeais, 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 first meeting with her, he realized it was true love. Flattered by his attentions, the alluring Antoinette orchestrates a calculating game of seduction, but 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.
2007: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
2008: Gaudí Awards: Nominated for Best European Film
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