The Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy ★★★★½

Having wowed us with sound in the quasi-giallo Berberian Sound Studio, Peter Strickland wows us with the astounding beauty of the visual in his follow up. One scene in particular has stayed with me as a character walks blindfolded through a room full of butterflies and moths. She and the audience find themselves completely enveloped in it and moved to another plane of feeling.

Essentially a love story with added butterflies but the power of it comes in the telling - I slept on it before reviewing and I found myself more enamoured of this film on waking. It has a deliberate dream-like quality that drifts through you and with you as you try to unravel the mysteries of its central relationship. A film about women, for women but directed with great sympathy by a man - it did seem to me that it avoided the intrusive male gaze for the most part and presented an honest and emotional take on two people in love.

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