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Directed by Albert Serra
France | Portugal | Spain | Germany 2019

 

France 1774. Expelled from the puritanical court of Louis XVI, a group of aristocratic libertines pursue an ideal of enlightenment through the rejection of conventional morality. At a time when hypocrisy and false virtue reign, they seek a place to indulge their quest for pleasure, inhabiting a libidinous twilight world dedicated to realising unfulfilled desires. Albert Serras explicit and opulent exploration of the limits of the erotic imagination is one of the most radical and subversive works of recent times, making Liberté a singular cinematic experience.

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1774, shortly before the French Revolution, somewhere between Potsdam and Berlin. Madame de Dumeval, the Duke de Tesis and the Duke 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.

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Theatrical Release: May 18th, 2019 (Cannes Film Festival)

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Review: Second Run - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Second Run - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:17:42.125        
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,944,427,216 bytes

Feature: 42,983,000,064 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio French 2178 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2178 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio French 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,944,427,216 bytes

Feature: 42,983,000,064 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Introduction to the film by its director Albert Serra (3:17)
An exclusive, newly-filmed interview with Albert Serra (27:48)
Original theatrical trailer (1:36)
24-page booklet featuring a new essay by curator and author Jason Wood, and an interview with Albert Serra by film critic Manu Yáńez-Murillo.


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 11th, 2021
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Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Second Run Blu-ray (January 2021): Second Run have transferred Albert Serra's Liberté to Blu-ray. It is cited as being a "High Definition director-approved presentation of the complete uncut and uncensored version of the film". Yes, it's uncensored alright. The general look of the film utilizes very low lighting - representing darkness in the woods. It comes through as pleasingly textured. It's flat, probably shot on HD and has no gloss. This is accurate to the director's intentions - the lighting, costumes, make-up... giving a vérité impression of 1700's France. It is not meant to appear tight, bright and crisp.

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On their Blu-ray, Second Run give the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track (16-bit) and a 2.0 linear PCM track (24-bit) in the original French language. There is only a minor few instances of separation (background of the woods etc.) but the dialogue and 'thrashings' are clearly audible. Second Run offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Second Run Blu-ray offers both an introduction to the film by its director Albert Serra and an exclusive, newly-filmed interview with him running 1/2 hour. He comes across as artsy but there are some intelligent remarks about this project. Also included are an original theatrical trailer plus there is a 24-page booklet featuring a new essay by curator and author Jason Wood, and an interview with Albert Serra by film critic Manu Yáńez-Murillo. 

Okay, my opinion on the film:

I thankfully get exposed to a wide swath of cinema. As many know, my personal leanings are to vintage Hollywood, Noir, 50's and 60's arthouse... I've grown to appreciate Pre-code, exploitation, Silent Era - I've always loved 50-60's science-fiction and creature features, plus westerns. There is a place in my heart for Giallo and much, much more.

Liberté is none of those things. I paused it and contemplating turning it off on three separate occasions during my viewing. I knew nothing about Liberté when I started watching it. The visuals weren't so much disturbing as just disgusting and pornographic from bondage and sado-masochism, analingus, 'golden showers' and more. Personally, it eclipsed beyond my definition of 'film' from both an enjoyment and educational perspective. To say it is not my 'cup of tea' would be a vast understatement. For a very long time directors have been provocative from Alfred Hitchcock to Gaspar Noé - from Leni Riefenstahl to Pier Paolo Pasolini. But those directors are known for much more than being a provocateur. With Liberté I was unable to unearth any narrative beyond my, personal, repugnance. If that was Albert Serra's goal - then he achieved it. But the film's curiosity factory waned over the 2 1/4 hours. It's not sly commentary like Buńuel - it was really just a sophomoric French porno in the guise of intellectualism. Your opinion may differ and for the adventurous I recommend the Second Run Blu-ray. I love those guys but, in my opinion, this was a very difficult film to find value in.

Gary Tooze

 


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