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Abel Ferrara (2014)

125min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Gérard Depardieu is simultaneously compelling and repulsive in this slow-burning orgy of sex, money and power from veteran American film-maker Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant). Depardieu plays Devereaux, a thinly fictionalised version of disgraced finance mogul Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Devereaux lives a life of hedonistic excess and considers himself to be untouchable, but his world is turned upside down when he is arrested for sexual assault on a business trip to New York. For the first half an hour or so, the film offers little more than a series of extended sex scenes, as the economic titan grunts his way from one graphic, booze-soaked encounter to the next. But Ferrara's unflinching direction results in several absorbing sequences, including a barnstorming argument between Devereaux and his ambitious wife (Jacqueline Bisset), while Depardieu offers a brave performance as the self-confessed sex addict.

Summary

A powerful French businessman maintains an empire that influences the fate of nations, while concealing dangerous sexual appetites. During a business trip to New York, he spends the evening with a number of prostitutes, but finds his seemingly invincible status falling apart when he is accused of assault. Drama, starring Gerard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset.

Cast & Crew

Devereaux Gerard Depardieu
Simone Jacqueline Bisset
Sophie Devereaux Marie Moute
Pierre Paul Calderon
Renee Amy Ferguson
Guy Paul Hipp
Maid Pamela Afesi
Judge Nikki James
Director Abel Ferrara
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Altitude Film DistributionGuidance: Violence, sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Aug 2014
Drama