Female sexuality is amplified in this brilliantly stylized film without men, boxed in and magnified like the insects encased in glass. The BDSM roles are likewise deconstructed, where rote and repetition betray an entrapment of desire and the power struggle between the lovers. "Oh, if we could all just say 'Pinastri' to end our torments."
(4) An exploration of the give and take which goes on within a relationship, selfless love against dutiful compromise, through the story of a sado-masochistic lesbian couple. The sado-masochism is very tasteful, the film is intelligently surreal, and I found parts of it very funny too!
A cold, rigid arthouse softcore with tense and obsessive undertones. Beautifully shot, beautifully acted, with an excellent score - an all around enjoyable film (albeit bizarre at times). Strickland has evolved in interesting ways since his debut.
Strickland continues his artful homages to disrespected genres with this sensory overload visit to the arthouse erotica genre. The film is about control and how order, routine and game regardless of their perversity can be as soulless and relationship damaging as infidelity. Well shot and performed with kudos to leads Knudsen and D'Anna. Strickland with this third work continues to impress in a cold, calculated way.
Oh, lesbian entomologists... who would have thought that they could be so damn kinky?! I really liked this one, its odd mixture of elements, combined with all those extraordinary images of the moths and other insects and the super nice soundtrack create a very unique story and style. Sometimes the pace is a bit slow, yes, but it felt fresh, original, classy and very sexy.
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/peter-strickland-the-movies-that-influenced-the-erotic-sensual-the-duke-of-burgundy-20150121 This would not be out of place as part of a 70s-in-the-10s double feature with The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears. http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/10-musical-selections-that-inspired-the-duke-of-burgundy-curated-by-director-peter-strickland-20150126