Jodie Comer: ‘It has been very empowering to give Margueritte a voice and honor her story in’ The Last Duel ‘”

The actress and the screenwriter of Ridley Scott’s film explain how this magnificent film was made based on the last duel of honor held in 14th century France.

The Last Duel It is a story with three versions, and a movie that collects all of them. Honor, truth, justice and humiliation based on a true story of 14th century France. Starring Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck, the film is a plea for the courage of the protagonist who had to face and expose herself to a country that doubted her and he judged her because she was a woman. Based on the book Final Duelby Eric Jaeger is inspired by a true story.

Directed by Ridley Scott, three scriptwriters – Nicole Holofcener, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck- are in charge of telling the story told by each of the charactersYes, it is a story that shows that nuances are never irrelevant. The screenwriter and protagonist of the film received SensaCine at the premiere of the film at the Venice Film Festival.

For the protagonist, who brilliantly plays Marguerite de Carrouges, telling the same story from three points of view has been a unique experience. As the actress explained the three takes, based on the three scripts, since each scriptwriter told the story from one of the characters, they were recorded successively. “Sometimes it was a bit confusing, but we always had a conversation before each shot to remember what we wanted to achieve from each moment (…)

But the beauty is that the dialogue is always the same but it is the interpretation that has to change, so the public must be very attentive to these small changes, “explains the actress.

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The screenwriter, Nicole Holofcener, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work on Can you ever forgive me? explains that she was in charge of the script for the woman, while the actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck did that of the other two characters, although the whole process was a shared and team work: “We had to be a single script and we all collaborated a lot on it,” he recalls.

Although Comer assures that she went through moments of restlessness in which she doubted if she could do it, or if it was too big for her, she finally felt very satisfied by the challenge overcome: “I did it, I got it,” she remembers with a laugh. She was also very empowered playing Marguerite:

“Just seeing what Margueritte was facing and seeing her talk about the way she did … Interpreting that makes me see that in some way I do justice to her story, it has been very empowering to play Margueritte”, explains the protagonist , which embodies a woman who is exposed to being burned alive for denouncing the truth.

“This film should be seen by all men in the world,” says the screenwriter, “especially men, because it makes you examine yourself,” explains Holofcener. “It will give people what to think about their own lives, and their attitudes towards others and how they interact with them, which is why it is so powerful to show the points of view, it is done very intelligently and goes beyond giving the man the opportunity to show how he feels, “adds Comer.

The story of this movie starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver y Ben Affleck recounts the drama behind the last legally authorized duel in 14th century medieval France, in the context of the 100 Years War with England. The film follows a 14th-century French knight, Jean de Carrouges (Damon), who challenges his best friend squire Le Gris (Adam Driver) to medieval combat after he raped his wife, Marguerite de Carrouges. (Jodie Comer). While Le Gris, denies the facts alleging consent and pleasure, in a tale that sounds terrifyingly familiar to us.

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Based on a true story it shows the courage of Marguerite facing a whole system in which women only had to lose, to assert the truth and their honor.