I’m finding it hard to remember The Duchess in any great detail because I found it so dull. There was an interesting critical thread that came to the surface at some places about women and their rights (or lack thereof) and some stuff about mothers and children but it all got tangled up in the fancy costumes and towering wigs.
The hardest thing to grasp was that Knightley and Cooper’s characters (I care so little that even their names have escaped me. I think one of them was a duchess…?) had fallen in love. I just couldn’t believe it, but whether that was their fault or mine I have no idea.