Jennique Mason

The Duchess Of Langeais

One of the most beautiful pictures so far this year

REVIEW Acclaimed director Jacques Rivette is still at the top of his game with his latest film, adapted from an Honoré de Balzac novella. The Duchess of Langeais is an opulent period drama that doesn't feel like one — its story is fresh and alive, and has contemporary resonance. Guillaume Depardieu (Gerard's son) gives a winning performance as the handsome general Armand de Montriveau. Humiliated when he's refused by the Duchess (played flawlessly by Jeanne Balibar), it is only when seeking his revenge that he awakens her love. Read more »