21 March 2015

The Duke of Burgundy | ザ・デューク・オブ・バーガンディ

Director/Writer: Peter Strickland
Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna

I found this film The Duke of Burgundy to be a very unique love story. It reminded me of some French films from 1960s.

In a big manor house, the story begins with a poor house maid being bullied by the cold blooded lady of the house. Then soon you realise that this is actually a roll play by two lovers. The film depicts their perverted relationship based on domination and obedience beautifully. This might sound as if the film is a pretentious art house one which makes you fall asleep. But the film also has a very good sense of humour which I find a bit unusual, sensual yet humorous.




Before the film, I had a quick lunch at Babaji, a new Turkish restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue. They serve Turkish pizza called pide.

映画の前にシャフツベリー・アベニューの新しいトルコ料理屋さん Babaji で腹ごしらえ。

Pide with spinach, two kinds of Turkish cheese and onion. The pide which was baked in their big clay oven on order was nice and crispy and well flavoured. The other menu includes meze, salad, and meat dishes. Because they open from lunch time through to late in the evening, you can just pop in when you feel hungry or go there for pre or after theatre meal.


The restaurant is at the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Wardour Street.
It's a bit scary that I can't remember what it was before even though I've passed there many times.

53 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LB 
Tel 020 3327 3888 (No Reservations)



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