The Duke of Burgundy – Christina’s Thoughts #BDSM 4/5 Stars ****

In my humble opinion the Duke of Burgundy is a classic example of the sub topping from the bottom. It is set very artistically in a beautiful fairytale-esque setting and certainly gives you pause for thought.

The first half of the movie has you convinced that the mistress of the house rules over everything. She lounges in silk and lace, whilst the maid is seen scrubbing the floor and washing her panties in the bathtub. There is yelling when the job is not completed to the mistress’s (Cynthia’s) exacting requirements and then the fireworks begin.

Darker

Now let me be clear. This is not a ’50 Shades of Grey’ tale. It’s darker, murkier, and far more is left up to the imagination, although you get plenty for your money in the latter half of the movie. This tale is about two women who are deeply in love, but both are tormented.

The second half of the movie plays out exactly as the first, but this time you see elements from a different perspective. Cynthia is practising the lines that have been given to her by the submissive Evelyn, and that she is playing out the submissive’s fantasies rather than her own.

The Duke of Burgundy is actually the name of a butterfly, and Cynthia is a professor of both moths and butterfly’s. There is a particular moment in the film where you hear nothing but the noise of butterflies and moths for several seconds, which allows you valuable thinking time. It’s not enough time, though. Everything you thought you knew, will be turned upside down shortly.

Is It Filthy Dirty? 

Well, yes and no. You’ll see Evelyn’s request to be used as a human toilet and to be smothered by a mattress. You’ll also see her locked up and caged in a box. However, the film is artistically shot and the love scenes are clever but discreet. Most of what goes on is left up the imagination.

Is It Better Than 50 Shades?

It’s subtler and far more artistic. With 50 Shades you almost know what you’re going to get before you get it – The Duke of Burgundy keeps you guessing. Playing out each move in your head until the end will have you running around in circles, and you still won’t know quite where you’re headed, even at the very end.

My Verdict?

If you’re not a fan of silences you aren’t going to like this movie. A lot of the movie is shot with great attention to detail and each word that you get means something. You’ll pick up on deeper meanings as the movie rolls forward, but all it not as it seems – take my word for it.

I loved the set and the evocative time period in which the movie was cast. There’s beautiful lingerie, candles and exquisite bedroom shots that will have you drooling. The script is careful and clever. It will keep you guessing right up until the last moment and beyond. It is definitely food for thought. A beautiful, emotional journey between two women that isn’t anywhere near as straight forward as it originally seems.

Four out of Five Stars from me!

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