The Last Duel



October 15, 2021


  • Ridley Scott


  • Matt Damon
  • Jodie Comer
  • Adam Driver
  • Ben Afflick
  • Marton Csokas
  • Harriet Walter
  • There is graphic nudity in this R rated film. Inspired by author Eric Jager’s 2004 book, “The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France,” it’s a tale told in three sections. It is based on historical events. The same events unfold from the perspectives of its three main characters. Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer), wife of the knight Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), and the object of desire of Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), de Carrouges’ best friend. Her accusation that Le Gris raped her while her husband was away at war unleashes a cascade of events that culminates in a single-combat duel to the death between the two men. The deep-rooted sexism of the time not only puts the wife but also her husband at risk. The rules of the duel are such that if her husband loses the fight, it will be seen as a sign that the wife lied, and so she’ll be burned at the stake.
  • As expected the duel is the climax with both combatants in hand-to-hand combat. The outcome is in question until the very end.