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The Last Duel" (20th Century)

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Grim historical drama recounting the friendship-turned-bitter-rivalry of two warriors (Matt Damon and Adam Driver) in 14th-century France, a feud that culminated in a trial by combat after the former's wife (Jodie Comer) publicly accused the latter of raping her.

Director Ridley Scott's adaptation of Eric Jager's 2004 fact-based book successively tells the story from each of the principals' perspectives and the needless repetition of the scene of assault is only one of the features that make his film a challenging production fit for only the hardiest grown-ups.

Much harsh, gory violence, gruesome images, strong sexual content, including rape, frivolously treated aberrant behavior, semi-graphic marital lovemaking and full nudity, a few mild oaths, about a half-dozen rough terms, at least one crass expression. The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.


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