Director: Catherine Breillat
Cast: Caroline Ducey, Sagamore Stévenin
France, 95’, 1999, color
French with Turkish subtitles
Marie and Paul have been living together for many years. As Paul doesn't respond to Marie’s love and desires, Marie is stuck between sexuality and love, love and desires... It is quite probable that this pressure will turn the love relation into a war of power... Marie follows her desires in her relationship with Paul, going beyond all the stereotypes about sexuality...
Advisory warning: Suitable for adult audiences only. Contains scenes of nudity and violence which some audiences may find disturbing.
1638, the year Louis XIV was born –his second name, Dieudonné, alluding to his God-given status– saw the diffusion of a cult of maternity encouraged by the very devout Anne of Austria, in thanks for the miracle by which she had given birth to an heir to the French throne. Simon François de Tours (1606-1671) painted the Queen in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and the young Louis XIV as the infant Jesus, in the allegorical portrait now in the Bishop’s Palace at Sens.
He didn’t expect this from me. And I hadn’t expected that we would decide to get married that day, at that moment. Everything happened all of a sudden, but exactly like it was supposed to happen in our day. We thought of the idea of marriage simultaneously, we smiled simultaneously, blinking and opening our eyes in unison.
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