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Capping off this year's Cannes competition, Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur" brought sex, laughs, applause and a handful of enthusiastic bravos to the final weekend of the festival. Polanski's follow-up to his film adaptation of the award-winning play "Carnage" is another adaptation of an award-winning play (in this case an erotic two-hander by David Ives) set in a sole location -- in "Carnage" the action unfolded in a cramped apartment, in "Venus in Fur," a theater. Polanski's wife and frequent collaborator Emmanuelle Seigner gives a wildly engaging performance as Vanda, an actress who shows up late to an audition for Thomas (Mathieu Almaric), a writer-director with some sadomasochist issues. What transpires over the course of their meeting is a battle of the sexes, where both weave in and out of playing Thomas' characters, blurring the line between what's written in his play and what's happening in reality. As Polanski »

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