Venice Review: Ridley Scott’s ‘The Last Duel’

Venice Review: Ridley Scott’s ‘The Last Duel’
Everyone has their own truth, as they say, but some of those truths are considerably truer than others. Old pals Matt Damon and Ben Affleck join forces with established indie filmmaker Nicole Holofcener to adapt a true story – that of Marguerite de Carrouges, a 14th century French noblewoman who was raped by an old friend of her husband’s – and tell it from three different angles in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel. A form inspired by the great Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, those angles express each person’s understanding – or wishful thinking – about the truth and its consequences.

Jean de Carrouges (Damon), a fighting man wronged by someone he has long regarded as treacherous, learns his wife has been raped and seeks vengeance. The film’s first chapter, which has the familiar feel of a Saturday afternoon historical romance, belongs to him. Jacques le Gris (Adam Driver) a libertine
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