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Directed by Albert Serra

France, Portugal, Spain 2016 115 mins. In Latin, French

Versailles, August 1715. The Sun King (Jean-Pierre Léaud) feels pain in his leg. Fever erupts, marking the beginning of the agony of the greatest King of France. Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors who come in turn sensing the impending power vacuum, Louis struggles to run the country from his bedchamber. Based on extensive medical records and memoirs, Serra’s contemplative, candlelit chamber drama is a wry portrait of aristocratic façade. In Latin and French. “Reminiscent of the historical films of Visconti and Rossellini as the modernist literary adaptations of Rohmer and Oliveira.”—Film Comment.

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Reviews: Reverse Shot, Frieze, Variety, Film Comment (last review), Sight & Sound, Brooklyn Magazine

Interviews: Interview with Albert Serra at Film Comment, Interview with Albert Serra at MUBI Notebook


Filmography: Story of My Death (2013), Three Little Pigs (2012), 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero (2011), Birdsong (2008), Quixotic/Honor de Cavelleria (2006), Crespià, the film not the village (2003)

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