In Majorca, in 1823, a French general, Armand de Montriveau, overhears a cloistered nun singing in a chapel; he insists on speaking to her. She is Antoinette, for five years he has searched for her. Flash back to their meeting in Paris, he recently returned from Africa, she married and part of the highest society. She flirts with him, and soon he's captivated. His behavior is possessive, insistent. Then, it is her turn to become obsessed. Letters, balls, scandal, a kidnapping, and an ultimatum bring her to the cloister and him to melancholy.

  1. Jacques Rivette

    Director, Writer

  2. Honoré de Balzac


  3. Pascal Bonitzer


  4. Christine Laurent


Top Billed Cast

  1. Jeanne Balibar

    Jeanne Balibar

    Antoinette de Langeais

  2. Guillaume Depardieu

    Guillaume Depardieu

    Armand de Montriveau

  3. Bulle Ogier

    Bulle Ogier

    Princess de Blamont-Chauvry

  4. Michel Piccoli

    Michel Piccoli

    Vidame de Pamiers

  5. Anne Cantineau

    Clara de Serizy

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The Duchess of Langeais
The Duchess of Langeais



Original Title Ne touchez pas la hache

Status Released

Release Information

  • October 21, 2007
    Theatrical (limited)


  • February 12, 2008
    Theatrical (limited)


  • February 22, 2008
    Theatrical (limited)


Original Language French

Runtime 2h 17m

Budget -

Revenue -



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