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Romance and domesticity bound together in 'The Duke of Burgundy'
Romance and domesticity bound together in 'The Duke of Burgundy'

U.K.-based filmmaker Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy” grapples with the difficulties of pleasing both oneself and a partner in a relationship, but bound up in a way that is sensuous and unexpected, both kinky and heartfelt. In the film, Cynthia (Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Italian actress Chiara D’Anna) live within the confines of a carefully constructed dynamic, based on power, punishment and pleasure. Yet as the story unfolds, who exactly is in charge turns over time and again. The movie exists almost entirely within the tension between fantasy and reality, a fable on domesticity. So is it supposed to be sexy, or something else? ...

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