The Death of Louis XIVHD
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About the Movie
Versailles, August 1715. Back from hunting, Louis XIV–masterfully portrayed by French New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Leaud (The 400 Blows) - feels a pain in his leg. A serious fever erupts, which marks the beginning of agony for the greatest King of France. Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors, who sense an impending power vacuum, the Sun King struggles to run the country from his bed. Based on extensive medical records and the memoirs of the Duke of Saint-Simon and other courtiers, The Death of Louis XIV is a wry neoclassical chamber drama, a work of pure magic by Albert Serra, one of today’s most singular directors.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 48
- Fresh: 41
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Sober, meticulous and entirely convincing in its depiction of period and mortality.
Fresh: Claustrophobic and often grimly funny.
Fresh: Serra has done his subject justice, transmuting the slow and steady march toward oblivion into an aptly imposing and unyielding work of art.
Rotten: Serra's ideas are serious but simple, and his movie seems to illustrate them in slow motion.
Eerie, hypnotic, and touching
The power of Jean-Pierre Léaud’s performance resides in all the love we have invested in him for so long. It is as much “The Death of Antoine Doinel” as requiem for the Sun King.