The Duchess of Langeais

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The Duchess of Langeais
Directed by Jacques Rivette
Written by Pascal Bonitzer
Christine Laurent
Jacques Rivette
Starring Jeanne Balibar
Guillaume Depardieu
Cinematography William Lubtchansky
Edited by Nicole Lubtchansky
Distributed by Artificial Eye (UK theatrical)
IFC Films (USA, theatrical)
Les Films du Losange (France, theatrical)
Release dates
Running time
137 min
Country France
Language French
Box office $982,795

The Duchess of Langeais is a 2007 French film directed by Jacques Rivette.


Its original French title is Ne touchez pas la hache ("Don't touch the axe"), and it is based on the 1834 novel of the same name by Honoré de Balzac.


Guillaume Depardieu and Jeanne Balibar during the movie's opening night at the Berlinale 2007.

The film stars Jeanne Balibar and Guillaume Depardieu as lovers in early 1823 Majorca[1] who are involved in a tormented and frustrating relationship.


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