- General info
Albert Serra's new film is an adaptation of the Due de Saint-Simon's memoirs, starring Jean-Pierre as the Sun King in his last days. The dying king can barely move from his bed in Versailles. His relatives and his closest counsellors come in turns at his bedside, but he can barely rule his kingdom. His secret wife Madame de Maintenon, and his doctor Fagon dread his last breath and try to hide it from the public, to preserve the future of France. Jean-Pierre Leaud, in his costume, hair and poses, fully embodies the last few days of the longest serving king of France, who, with his seventy-two years reign, changed the face of the monarchy and of France.
- Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick d'Assumçao, Marc Susini, Bernard Belin, Irène Silvagni, Vicenç Altaió, Jacques Henric, Alain Lajoinie, Olivier Cadiot, Philippe Crespeau, Alain Reynaud, Richard Plano, Adrian Dunãrintu, Francis Montaulard, José Wallenstein, Jacques Bontemps, Gabriel Wanner, Paul Menand, John Baillie, François Bosselut
- Albert Serra
- Claire Bonnefoy, Thierry Lounas, Joaquim Sapinho, Albert Serra
- Thierry Lounas, Albert Serra
- La mort de Louis XIV
- New Wave
- France, Drama
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 115 minutes
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 2.35:1
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- The Death of Louis XIV review by AH
115 minutes of a dying king, and the camera never leaves his bedchamber. This might not sound like a good premise for a film, but I was surprisingly gripped throughout. The hushed solicitude of the doctors and servants and the bearing of the king during his suffering was moving.
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Not On This Occasion
- The Death of Louis XIV review by EJ
I usually love to watch period films, but on this occasion, I was very bored. Impressive attention to detail; particularly to the costumes, but it was difficult not to switch off.
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A study of Death, Medicine and Power
- The Death of Louis XIV review by RF
A meticulous study of a dying "Divine" King and an rich observation on how basic medical knowledge was in the early 18th Century. Slow in pace but rich in detail.
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