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The Death of Louis XIV


Albert Serra

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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. – Glenn Kenny, New York Times, Mar 30, 2017

Fresh: Claustrophobic and often grimly funny. – Ben Kenigsberg, Variety, Oct 14, 2016

Fresh: Serra has done his subject justice, transmuting the slow and steady march toward oblivion into an aptly imposing and unyielding work of art. – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Jun 1, 2017

Rotten: Serra's ideas are serious but simple, and his movie seems to illustrate them in slow motion. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Apr 3, 2017

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Customer Reviews

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.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Foreign
  • Released: 2017

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