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Madame X: An Absolute Ruler

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  • Runtime: 2 hr. 21 min.
  • Genres: Sci-Fi/Fantasy


Lesbian filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger's first feature film is an extravagant, unconventional allegory about Madame X, a pirate queen of the China Seas who assembles a crew of stereotypical women -- such as the "housewife" and the "diva" -- who wish to leave their mundane lives behind for a utopian adventure. The women soon fall into self-destruction, however, as they replicate the power dynamic of the outside world among themselves. In German with English subtitles. ~ Carrie Downes, Rovi