Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Death of Louis XIV

La mort de Louis XIV

2016, Albert Serra, France, 115 min. With Jean-Pierre Léaud.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 2nd 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 3rd 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jun 4th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 5th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 6th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 7th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 8th 8:30pm
First Chicago run!

“Surely the most beautiful film at Cannes 2016.” — Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound

“Easily the most gripping film I saw in Melbourne…Much as certain novels can be described as page-turners, this film is incontestably a frame-turner.” — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Film Comment

Director Serra (QUIXOTIC, BIRDSONG) continues his project of reinventing the period film in his most accessible and classically satisfying work to date. A legendary historical figure is portrayed by a legendary actor (Léaud in a magnificently concentrated performance), but the film shows, in precisely selected details, how even an absolute monarch must bow to the weight of time and fleshly decay. Stricken with gangrene, the Sun King struggles — gallantly, grouchily, poignantly — to maintain his royal bearing, as his every gesture is scrutinized by anxious courtiers and his well-meaning but bungling doctors attempt to keep him alive. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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