Set­ting Sun

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Fil­med by Albert Ser­ra like a ma­cabre co­me­dy around the death of the Sun King,

(Prix Jean-Vi­go 2016) brings us a sick and gri­ma­cing Louis, a fi­gure of pro­to­col yet al­so gro­tesque, su­per­bly played by Jean-Pierre Léaud (Palme d’Hon­neur at Cannes). The film is on thea­tri­cal re­lease in Pa­ris as of No­vem­ber 2.

This sum­mer saw the re­lease of the film Res­ter ver­ti­cal, in which a di­rec­tor by the name of Léo is dis­trac­ted from wri­ting his script by de­sires that are both ty­ran­ni­cal and la­bile. When the sto­ry ends, Léo still has no film. But at least he has re­mai­ned upright in re­la­tion to the de­sires that drive him. The new film by Albert Ser­ra, free­ly ins­pi­red by Saint-Simon’s Me­moirs and those of the Mar­quis de Dan­geau, cal­led La Mort de Louis XIV, re­lates exact­ly what its title says. It is an ac­tor by the name of Léaud—Jean- Pierre—who plays the role of a Sun King whom we sel­dom see rise du­ring the few weeks that se­pa­rate his ap­pea­rance, pu­shed in a chair around the gar­den at Ver­sailles, from his death on Sep­tem­ber 1, 1715. The Ca­ta­lo­nian di­rec­tor has al­ways ta­ken an in­ter­est in men lying on the grass or floa­ting in the wa­ter, loun­ging on a ban­quette or lea­ning back in a car­riage. This time it’s dif­ferent: we spend so lit­tle time out of the

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