Battle of the Sexes

My, have the rules of flirtation and courtship changed in the last 200 years. Take Napoleonic general Armand de Montriveau’s bizarre crack at courting his sweetheart in the 1820s, for example. Obsessively smitten, he cattle-brands her forehead in a passionate (and vicious) declaration of ownership in director Jacques Rivette’s tragicomedy Don’t Touch the Axe.

After Montriveau (Guillaume Depardieu) enchants the married Duchess of Langeais (Jeanne Balibar) with his military globetrotting adventures at a soirée, they retire to her apartment for a late-night undercover tussle. Except, she doesn’t put out. Yep, the duchess is actually a coquettish femme-fatale type who toys with the love-struck gent with all the precision of a chess grandmaster, her verbal jousting keeping his libido at bay. What’s a sexually repressed chap to do? Find out today at 2 and 8:45 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets run $5 to $8. Call 954-525-3456, or visit
Sun., March 30, 2008

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