Dir. Albert Serra - 2019 - 132m - France, Portugal, Spain & Germany - In French, German & Italian with English subtitles
Just before the French Revolution, in a forest outside Berlin, a band of libertines expelled from the court of Louis XVI rendezvous with the legendary German seducer and freethinker, the Duc de Walchen (Helmut Berger), to convince him to join in their mission: the rejection of authority and all moral boundaries. What begins as an evening of strategizing on the proliferation of libertinage, descends into a Sadean night of pansexual one-upmanship.
Liberté is a singular cinematic experience only Albert Serra could deliver, a film in which increasingly dramatic acts of pain and pleasure unfold in counterpoint to cinematographer Artur Tort’s luminous images of moonlit sylvan spaces. As Serra and his committed team of regular performers and newcomers "open the gates of Hell" and explore the limits of the erotic imagination, you won’t be able to look away.
“One of the most radical films to play in the Official Selection of Cannes ever.” -Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope
"The most explicit movie about the 18th century ever made.” -Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“Awe-inspiring.” -Scout Tafoya, Rogerebert.com
“Audaciously perverse.” -Carson Lund, Slant
“A major event in the history of cinematographic art.” -Dominique Païni, Art Critique