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Abel Ferrara (2014)

18 Certificate


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.


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 Gérard Depardieu
Simone Jacqueline Bisset
Sophie Devereaux Marie Mouté
Chambermaid Pamela Afesi
Judge Nikki James
Pierre Paul Calderon
Guy Paul Hipp
French journalist Shanyn Leigh
Renée Amy Ferguson
Executive assistant Drena De Niro
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