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379 Ratings

The Death of Louis XIV

La Mort De Louis XIV

Directed by Albert Serra
France, Portugal, 2016
Drama, History


Back from hunting, Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. A fortnight after he’s bedridden in Versailles. It will be the beginning of the slow death of the most grandiose French sovereign.

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The Death of Louis XIV Directed by Albert Serra
The Death of Louis XIV is a true film object. It doesn’t take you on a journey. It’s not a window on the world. It doesn’t care what you think any more than a stone would. Film history merges with actual history in Albert Serra’s memento mori.
January 03, 2018
Serra seems intent on rendering the death of the king as accurately as possible, beautifully shot, and with hardly any commentary or subtext. The massive wigs—which appear at first to be secondary, Muppet-like characters—become prosaic, sweaty pieces of dirty clothing by the end of the film. Though Léaud, the iconic man-child, has almost no lines—mainly he just groans and drools—his presence and past filmography dominate the film.
July 13, 2017
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The sight of the legendary French actor Jean-Pierre Leaud puckering his lips, attempting to produce saliva in his dried-out gullet, really is something to behold. He resembles a gone-to-seed hound dog attempting to retain the vapours of life force, but perhaps knows that he’s not long for this Earth.
July 12, 2017
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