The Duke of Burgundy (Belmont)
Cert: 18 – Contains sexual fetish theme.
Peter Strickland / UK 2014 / 1h44m / Digital
Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, Eugenia Caruso, Monica Swinn, Fatma Mohamed.
Taking its title from a rare species of butterfly, 'The Duke of Burgundy' chronicles the increasingly intimate relationship between wealthy amateur lepidopterist Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her housekeeper, Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna). As Cynthia's demands begin to betray a sadomasochistic streak, Evelyn dutifully submits to her humiliations with a surprising relish. In another director's hands, this material might easily have tipped into the severe. Peter Strickland ('Berberian Sound Studio'), however, once again demonstrates a marvellous gift for modulating tone. An intoxicating cinematic curiosity.