Duke of Burgundy – A Surprising Tender Romance


Movie Title: Duke of Burgundy

Director: Peter Strickland

Screenplay By: Peter Strickland

Star Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D’Anna, Eugenia Caruso, Zita Krasko, Monica Swinn, Eszter Tompa, Fatma Mohamed.

Release Date: January 23rd, 2015

Movie Type: Drama

MPAA Rating: PG

Duration: 104 minutes

Movie Country: UK

Movie Budget: $1 million

Company Credits: Pioneer Pictures

Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheDukeOfBurgundy

About the Movie: Duke of Burgundy is a story of a woman who studies butterflies and moths and tests the extent of the relationship with her lover. This film is deep, kind and intense in terms of emotional connection. Gradually Cynthia played by Sidse Babett Knudsen and Evelyn played by Chiara D’Anna act out a provocative ritual that ends with punishment and pleasure. Cynthia yearns for a more conventional relationship, but Evelyn’s obsession with erotica leads to addiction and brings the relationship to a point where it may break. The film is quite seductive and shows arousing scenes which are the strength of the film that even with all its provocation, the movie still emerges as a surprisingly tender romance between the two women who both fear to lose each other knowing that the initial spark of passion has grown fainter over time. The performance of the two characters is marvelous as they communicate through the expressions throughout the movie.

Editor’s Comments: Overall the film is erotic and sensual which makes it a crossroads between sexploitation and indie cinema along with the brilliant written script and amazing direction. The film seems to attract the audience in an amazing way as the film seems a tribute to cheap sixties Euro-erotica cinema.

Plot Keywords: Romance, Maids, Erotic, Relationship, Sexploitation, Punishment, Pleasure