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154 Ratings


Directed by Albert Serra
France, Portugal, 2019
History, Drama


Just before the French Revolution, a group of libertines, led by the Duchess of Valselay, flees the conservative government of Louis XVI for Germany. Their goal? Export libertinage, a philosophy centered on the rejection of morality and authority. It’s the beginning of adventurous encounters

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Liberté Directed by Albert Serra
Explicit but in no sense pornographic — it’s rather like antimatter with respect to pornography — “Liberté” plays an arguably specious moral and intellectual game, poking around the porous areas between squalor and perdition, and ultimately producing a pictorial and aural container of tedium.
April 30, 2020
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Even if Liberté ultimately represents a failure of imagination, it may be worth engaging with—or submitting to—all the same.
April 29, 2020
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This impotence is, in fact, the brilliance of Serra’s patient, frustrating, and frustrated new work, which, more than Sade or Salò, recalls the bawdy tableaux vivants of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s other masterwork, the Trilogy of Life, which possesses a macabre joie de vivre also at the heart of Liberté’s slow-burn political project.
October 16, 2019
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