THE TRUE STORY OF A WOMAN WHO DIVIDED A NATION AND MADE HISTORY.
Paris, 1386; when Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer) accuses Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) of rape, her husband (Matt Damon) challenges him to trial by combat. The story of the last legally sanctioned duel in France’s history is a #metoo tale for the Middle Ages, divided into three parts where the story is told from each perspective of the leading characters. Inevitably a bit of a drag at times because of the repetition, but still compelling, with the duel serving as a memorably gruesome climax. The Rashomon-like structure emphasizes the striking difference between how perpetrator and victim view the rape. Comer stands out in the cast.
2021-Britain-U.S. 153 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Ridley Scott. Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon. Book: Eric Jager. Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski. Cast: Matt Damon (Sir Jean de Carrouges), Adam Driver (Jacques Le Gris), Jodie Comer (Marguerite de Carrouges), Ben Affleck, Harriet Walter, Nathaniel Parker… Zeljko Ivanek.
Trivia: Co-produced by the director and the writers.