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The Last Duel (2021)

King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire, Jacques Le Gris, by challenging him to a duel.
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October 17, 2021
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The Last Duel: Examining Modern Rape Culture in Medieval Times

Trigger warning: Sexual assault, rape The Last Duel is a historical drama set in 1386 based on the true story of the last legally sanctioned duel in France’s history. And it was all because of a woman. Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer) accused the squire Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) of raping her. Despite the fact that the entire world didn’t believe her, she and her husband Sir Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) took the matter all the way to the king, where it was decided that Jean and Jacques would battle to the death. Although The Last Duel delves into rape in medieval Europe, the situation is extremely relevant today. Examining the rape culture in medieval times, we can see the striking similarities to modern rape culture. Be Careful, Spoilers ahead! Read detailed "Last Duel" movie review A note on the movie’s length: Yes, it’s long. It’s like three movies in one because it tells the story from the perspectives of the three people involved. And even though the build-up can feel slow and occasionally clunky, it’s worth it, in the end, to have all three perspectives showcase the way different people perceive events. Each retelling humanizes each person so the story feels grounded while simultaneously making the audience uncomfortable by knowing each character intimately. This subject matter of rape is not glossed over nor treated lightly, and it shouldn’t be. This subject is supposed to make the audience uncomfortable because it’s disgusting and wrong, and most disturbingly, is still common today.  The movie begins from Jean’s perspective. Jean is a man focused on pride and fighting. He is a classic testosterone-infused male protagonist. Jean spends most of his time fighting — whether it be physically fighting soldiers on the battlefield or verbally sparring with Le Gris and Pierre. Jean begins the movie having lost a wife and child, all his money, and his future title. He pins all his hopes for future happiness on producing an heir with Marguerite and rebuilding his reputation by going to war. Such a proud man was ill-suited to deal with what happened to Marguerite.  Marguerite and Jean’s relationship is complicated, to say the least. In Jean’s perspective, he is a good husband, and Marguerite is a good wife. They appear to have a marriage based more on the equal partnership than the traditional authoritative husband and submissive wife that was the social norm and expectation during these times. 
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King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire, Jacques Le Gris, by challenging him to a duel.

Genre:History, Drama, Action
Directed By:Ridley Scott
Written By:Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
In Theaters:10/15/2021
Box Office:$30,500,000
Runtime:153 minutes
Studio:20th Century Studios, Pearl Street Films, TSG Entertainment, Scott Free Productions



Ridley Scott



Matt Damon

Sir Jean de Carrouges


Adam Driver

Jacques Le Gris


Jodie Comer

Marguerite de Carrouges


Ben Affleck

Pierre d'Alençon


Harriet Walter

Nicole de Carrouges


Marton Csokas



Alex Lawther

King Charles VI


William Houston

Herald at the Duel


Oliver Cotton

Jean de Carrouges III


Zeljko Ivanek

Le Coq


Nathaniel Parker

Sir Robert de Thibouville