The Death of Louis XIV ★★★★

Kind of an interesting tension here between my viewing experience as an American and what I imagine to be Louis XIV's legendary status in France. The whole thing is tinged with an absurdist tragic edge from where I'm sitting: his coterie of yes-men and ludicrously reverential hangers-on, the juxtaposition of his ultimate authority with his utter frailty, his predilection for children's food (really, jelly straight-up from a spoon?) In conclusion, bodies are gross, power is a social construct and we're all gonna die someday.