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Liberté (2020)




Critic Consensus: It may prove more tedious than titillating for some, but Liberté boldly blurs the line between filmgoer and voyeur.

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1774, shortly before the French Revolution, somewhere between Potsdam and Berlin. Madame de Dumeval, the Duc de Tesis and the Duc de Wand, libertines expelled from the puritanical court of Louis XVI, seek the support of the legendary Duc de Walchen, German seducer and freethinker, lonely in a country where hypocrisy and false virtue reign. Their mission is to export libertinage, a philosophy of enlightenment founded on the rejection of moral boundaries and authorities, but moreover to find a safe place to pursue their errant games, where the quest for pleasure no longer obeys laws other than those dictated by unfulfilled desires.


Helmut Berger
as Duc de Walchen
Marc Susini
as Comte de Tésis
Iliana Zabeth
as Mademoiselle de Jensling
Laura Poulvet
as Mademoiselle de Geldöbel
Baptiste Pinteaux
as Duc de Wand

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (4)

Serra, a cinematic character himself who parades around the festival circuit in dark shades making deadpan declarations, makes movies that dare you to operate on his wavelength - and then works overtime to make that investment worthwhile.

May 4, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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"Liberté" plays an arguably specious moral and intellectual game, poking around the porous areas between squalor and perdition, and ultimately producing a pictorial and aural container of tedium.

April 30, 2020 | Full Review…

What Liberté also illustrates, only too well, is how something that might once have been daring can now feel de rigueur.

April 30, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Discipline and Punish could have made a title for this instead of the near meaningless handle it has since it requires discipline to withstand and is a punishment to endure.

May 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Though the film pokes fun at the erotic history of French cinema (and society as a whole), Liberté is also part of it.

June 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Serra decides to talk about sexuality with no rules, and he does it in the best way he knows and that, despite being so far from the present, resonates a lot with today's society. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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