It’s been a long time since Bound.
Lesbian kink returns to the arthouse with The Duke of Burgundy, a highly sexual romance between a dominant professor and her submissive maid. Admittedly, the trailer comes across as a bit cheesy — there’s a lot of heavy-breathing in the voiceover — but there seems to be as much emotional investment as there is in, well, investment in S&M gear, between the two women.
And we’re gonna trust the glowing reviews, which currently add up to a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Guardian, for example, writes, “This is not just a filthy movie. It’s a considerable work of art, and one that touches on a rarely discussed side of human sexuality completely free of judgement.”
The Duke of Burgundy opens in theaters and on VOD on January 23rd, presumably as a prelude to 50 Shades of Grey.