The Duke of Burgundy ★★

Drawing unapologetically (and perhaps ironically) from both the visual and audio aesthetics of European softcore classics like Emmanuelle (1974), The (ironically titled) Duke of Burgundy starts out as a lesbian riff on Secretary (2002) and quickly devolves into a rather baroque and tepid contemplation on "the banality of Eros" (Mike D'Angelo), complete with lepidopterological red herrings. I have to say that you let me down, letterboxd brothers and sisters - I was expecting something far more provocative, intellectually and sensually.

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