The Duchess of Langeais - Ne touchez pas la Hache dvd - 2007 French film directed by Jacques Rivette based on the novel by Honoré de Balzac. In Majorca, in 1823, a French general, Armand de Montriveau, overhears a cloistered nun singing in a chapel; he insists on speaking to her. She is Antoinette, for five years he has searched for her. Flash back to their meeting in Paris, he recently returned from Africa, she married and part of the highest society. She flirts with him, and soon he's captivated. His behavior is possessive, insistent. Then, it is her turn to become obsessed. Letters, balls, scandal, a kidnapping, and an ultimatum bring her to the cloister and him to melancholy. Whose steel proved sharper? Stars Jeanne Balibar and Guillaume Depardieu. Unrated in the U.S., rated PG-14 in Canada for mature themes. Optional English subtitles, 138 minutes.
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