Awarded with the Golden Leopard at Locarno in 2013 for Story of my death, Albert Serra comes back to directing with The Death of Louis XIV, an adaptation of Saint Simon’s memoirs starring Jean-Pierre Léaud as the sun-King. The cult actor, who worked with all major directors from the Nouvelle Vague, plays the dying king who cannot move from the Château de Versailles. Surrounded by his relatives and his closest counselors, who come in turns at his bedside, he attends only a few meetings and can barely rule his kingdom. His wife Madame de Maintenon, his son Louis XV and his doctor Fagon, dread his last breath and try to hide it from the public, to preserve the future of France.
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