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Ne touchez pas la hache

Jacques Rivette France, 2007

Loz Loory's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

2.5 Far too long, especially as neither of the main characters is likeable, and we already know how the story ends. Quite a lot of onscreen dead space while we listen to creaking floorboards. The brief flash of the 1802 novel "Delphine" reminds one that the author, Germaine de Stael, would make a far more interesting subject. Exiled by Napoleon, de Stael advocated for the freedom of aristocratic women to divorce.