The Death of Louis XIV
£7 concessions, £6 members
Length: 116 min
Director: Albert Serra
Cast: Filipe Duarte, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Patrick d’Assumçao
Language: French with English subtitles.
Albert Serra’s humanising of historical figures continues with this tale of the dying days of the Sun King.
1960s-era Truffaut and Godard regular Jean-Pierre Léaud takes on the titular role, bringing more than a little wit to the drama, while Serra’s studied camerawork hones in on the minutiae of the monarch’s daily routine and the resplendent beauty of his opulent life.
“Dying of old age should be the most commonplace thing. This film reveals it to be an extraordinary, eerie spectacle, waiting for all of us. It is Jean-Pierre Léaud’s finest hour.” – The Guardian