The Marquise of O ★★★½

This makes a great double feature with Amour Fou, which offers a fictional contemporary reaction to this story by Heinrich von Kleist. Jessica Hausner may have been inspired by this adaptation by Eric Rohmér, or they just accurately capture the original tone of the text.

The story is delightfully uncomfortable and must have been so to every audience. Even a 19th century romantic must have cringed at the central dilemma, while a modern viewer is doubly appalled by the mere premise with shame and honor making a bad situation worse. And yet there may be some merit to certain aspects of the moral dilemmas, which I imagine appealed to Rohmér after his moral tales that do connect him a bit to von Kleist.