The Last Duel, the first Ridley Scott movie out this year (House of Gucci is expected to release next month) is based on the true story of the last legally sanctioned duel in France. It’s 1386 and Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer) says her husband’s best friend Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) has raped her. He denies the charge. At various points in the trailer, Marguerite repeatedly protests that she is telling the truth only to be told, “The truth does not matter. There is only the power of men.” Since Jacques continues to protest his innocence, Marguerite’s husband challenges him to duel. “One of us is telling a lie,” he says. “Let us let God decide.” Is he risking his life because he believes his wife? Or because his pride has been wounded?
Written by Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon, the film releases in theatres on October 22.