15 certificateThe Duke of Burgundy is a Film programme that first aired in 2014 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The Duke of Burgundy is a 3 star programme


The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Directed by
Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland's drama explores a very particular relationship between two women, played by Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D'Anna. Where Berberian Sound System paid homage to 1970s Italian horror movies, this film gives equally exquisite attention to pastiching that decade's European S&M exploitation flicks. The story revolves around Cynthia, who owns a large country mansion, and her maid Evelyn. The pair share not just a mutual interest in moths and butterflies, but also each other. And for discipline: Cynthia is a stickler for cleanliness, and whenever Evelyn fails to meet her exacting standards, she is punished via the medium of humiliation, bondage or confinement. But, as becomes clear, there's a deeper dynamic at play between these lovers... And thus Strickland uses his protagonists' nuanced interactions to explore power balances within a relationship, and how far someone is prepared to go indulge/satisfy their partner's sexual needs.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 125 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2014

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK/Hungary

Filmed in Colour

When is The Duke of Burgundy next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 December 27th, 1:30am and on Film4 Plus 1 December 27th, 2:30am. See more...


Chiara D'Anna...Evelyn
Kata Bartsch...Dr. Lurida
Sidse Babett Knudsen...Cynthia
Monica Swinn...Lorna
Zita Kraszkó...Dr. Schuller
Gretchen Meddaugh...Dr. in Audience
Eszter Tompa...Dr. Viridana
Fatma Mohamed...The Carpenter
Eugenia Caruso...Dr. Fraxini/The Scream