The Death of Louis XIV

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Versailles, August 1715: Returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV of France begins to feel a pain in his leg. Soon, this malady reveals itself to be gangrene, which will ultimately prove to be the cause of death for Europe’s most powerful monarch. Starring aged French New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows, Irma Vep)—French cinema royalty—as the perishing Sun King, Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra’s exquisitely photographed The Death of Louis XIV consistently limits the monarch’s world to the dimensions of his bedroom, where he is waited upon by a horde of doctors and his closest confidants. Saturated with precise period detail, Serra’s astonishing exposition of human mortality was rightfully described by Sight and Sound’s Jonathan Romney as “the most beautiful film at Cannes 2016.”

Director Albert Serra 2016 Portugal/France/Spain 115 minutes NR DCP

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