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Bel Ami

  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Declan Donnellan
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

A penniless, amoral war veteran arrives in 19th-century Paris planning to make a name for himself in high society. He succeeds in seducing a succession of wealthy women, manipulating them into aiding his advance up the social ladder. Drama based on Guy De Maupassant's novel, starring Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This decorous but fake-looking dramatisation of Guy de Maupassant's oft-filmed French novel sees the commercial tail wag the artistic dog with the casting of Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson as an ex-soldier on the make in Belle Epoque Paris. While it's believable that his chiselled looks could lure a succession of influential aristos into bed as he ascends the social ladder to wealth and influence, Pattinson lacks the range to convey the required mix of ambition, guile and duplicity - and his designer stubble seems anachronistic. As his lovers, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and a coquettish Christina Ricci do their best with an unfortunately English-sounding script but Budapest fails to convince as Paris for the exteriors, and behind the camera, Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod (founders of the Cheek by Jowl theatre company) struggle to convert their theatrical experience into a convincing cinematic whole. However, Twihards will no doubt be satisfied with the glimpse of Pattinson's bare bottom.

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Credits

Cast

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Georges DuroyRobert Pattinson
Madeleine ForestierUma Thurman
Madame RoussetKristin Scott Thomas
Clotilde de MarelleChristina Ricci
RoussetColm Meaney
Charles ForestierPhilip Glenister
Suzanne RoussetHolliday Grainger
Rachel the prostituteNatalie Tena
François LarocheJames Lance
Comte de VaudrecAnthony Higgins

Crew

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DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DirectorNick Ormerod

Details

Theatrical distributor
Optimum Releasing
Released on
2012-03-09
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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