Antoinette is the Duchess of Langeais, a married coquette who frequents the most extravagant balls in 1820's Paris during The Restoration, where hypocrisy and vanity reign. Upon his first meeting with her, the handsome general Armand de Montriveau realizes it is true love from that moment on. 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.
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Director: Jacques Rivette
Writer: Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent and Honore de Balzac
Producer: Pierre Grise
Cast: Jeanne Balibar, Guillaume Depardieu, Bulle Ogier, Michel Piccoli, Barbet Schroeder, Anne Cantineau, Marc Barbe, Thomas Durand, Nicolas Bouchaud and Mathias Jung
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