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Ne touchez pas la hache

Jacques Rivette France, 2007

Justin Vicari's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

The work of a Master. Rivette and Balibar (in an amazing performance) tease out the virgin coquette's contradictions without cheating any of her complexities. Rivette eschews the purple of the book but clarifies its relation to 2 of his own themes: the Great Love that cannot be begun or ended; and private spaces which restore personal sanity even while replicating the maddening demands of society as in a mirror.