DON’T TOUCH THE AXE

MATERIALS

DOCUMENTATION

PHOTOS

JACQUES RIVETTE

ORIGINAL TITLE

NE TOUCHEZ PAS LA HACHE

2007 || France || 137 mins || 35mm || Color || in French || Feature

WORLD SALES

Les Films du Losange (Paris)

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

BERLIN 07 - Competition

SYNOPSIS

Handsome young general Armand de Montriveau has searched across the seas for the woman he fell madly in love with five years ago. He finally finds Antoinette, the Duchess of Langeais, living chastely in a Majorcan convent… It was love at first sight for Montriveau upon meeting Antoinette, a married coquette who frequents the most extravagant balls of 1820s Restoration Paris, where hypocrisy and vanity reign. Flattered by his attentions, the alluring Antoinette orchestrates a calculating game of seduction, but she repeatedly refuses Montriveau. Despite his sincere romantic declarations, Montriveau’s passion remains unfulfilled. When the humiliated Montriveau eventually seeks his revenge, Antoinette’s love awakens. But it may well be too late for the star-crossed lovers… Based on Honoré de Balzac’s novella… From the director of VA SAVOIR, HAUT BAS FRAGILE, LA BELLE NOISEUSE, LA RELIGEUSE, LA BANDE DES QUATRE…

CAST

Jeanne Balibar, Guillaume Depardieu, Bulle Ogier, Michel Piccoli