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L'anglaise et le duc

Éric Rohmer France, 2001

Steve Thompson's rating of the film The Lady and the Duke

This idiosyncratic study of friendship, loyalty and betrayal between two aristocrats (and former lovers) during the French Revolution manifests a political conservatism only latent in this Director's films about contemporary French society. Though lacking the freshness and charm of his best work it is still well-acted and quietly compelling with much subtlety and a scrupulous attention to historic detail.