The Duchess

There were three people in her marriage


The Duchess
Set in the 18th century, this movie looks at an (in)famous ancestor of Lady Diana Spencer. Married off at 16 to a Duke who desperately wanted a son, she found herself trapped in a loveless marriage. While her husband had affairs, she set to work on the politicians. Things heated up when her husband started hitting on her new best friend, and a lover from her teen years re-entered her life.

109 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Sex).
Period piece, Romance, On the art circuit
He looks like my cup of tea...
He looks like my cup of tea...

Credits

Cast
Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Simon McBurney, Aidan McArdle
Director
Saul Dibb
ScreenplayJeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen, Saul Dibb, from the book by Amanda Foreman
MusicRachel Portman
CinematographyGyula Pados
EditingMasahiro Hirakubo
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2008
Produced byParamount Vantage, Pathé BBC Films, Qwerty Films, Magnolia Mae Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreHistorical, drama
LanguageNone
NudityInfrequent, mild
SexFairly frequent, strongly implied
ViolenceOne disturbing rape scene
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThemes in this movie are mature and complex and are likely to disturb younger viewers, and create a sense of insecurity in them.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
3
Blood / Gore / Gross
0
Guns / Weapons
1
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
1
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
1
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer
15
Die Burger
Mariana Malan
15
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
15
iAfrica.com
Rebekah Kendal
15
The Citizen
Annette Bayne quote iconWith the length of the plot, blandness creeps in, leaving you with feeling that you have spent too long in the cinema.
14
24.com
Jean Barker quote iconThis ground-breaking, tear-jerking period drama acknowledges female frailty, and the bravest things about femininity — without covering it all in flowers.
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe Duchess is a handsome historical film, impeccably mounted, gowned, wigged and feathered, where a husband and wife spend hours being dressed in order to appear at dinner to argue about whether the mutton is off.
18
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman quote icontage director Saul Dibb shoots the lavish interiors in an agreeably clean, uncluttered manner but the script is a mess, all bizarre ellipses, dull expository monologues and telegraphed narrative revelations, one of which actually comes accompanied by the rumble of thunder.
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconAnyone largely unfamiliar with British period pieces will be duly impressed, but there are few moments during the course of The Duchess when I didn't feel as if I was watching a re-run. That might be okay for TV viewing, but it's less-than-desirable in a movie theater.
10
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconIt's Knightley who makes The Duchess a royal treat.
15
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconIt's not that it's bad by any means, but the material, both in terms of the direction and script, never manages to impress let alone wow the viewer along the lines of the various elements that constitute the overall piece, and it's a bit slow if clearly competently and confidently handled.
12
Metacritic.com
34 critics
12
Rottentomatoes critics
151 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconWhile The Duchess treads the now-familiar terrain of the corset-ripper, the costumes look great and Keira Knightley's performance is stellar in this subtly feminist, period drama.
12

What the People say

Internet
6596 Netizens quote iconCompelling and Layered Costume Drama
14

Average .. 66%

13




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