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Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.

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Isabelle Rimbaud
Felicie Pasotti Cabarbaye ...
Isabelle, as a child
Nita Klein ...
Rimbaud's Mother
James Thiérrée ...
Frederic
Emmanuelle Oppo ...
Vitalie
Denise Chalem ...
Andrzej Seweryn ...
Mr. Maute De Fleurville
Christopher Thompson ...
Carjat
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Aicard
Christopher Chaplin ...
Charles Cros
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The Judge
Mathias Jung ...
Andre
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In 1871, Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), an established poet, invites boy genius Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) to live with Paul and his young pregnant wife, Mathiltde, in her father's home in Paris. Rimbaud's uncouth behavior disrupts the household as well as the insular society of French poets, but Verlaine finds the youth invigorating. Stewed in absinthe and resentment, Verlaine abuses Mathiltde; he and Rimbaud become lovers and abandon her. There are reconciliations and partings with Mathiltde and partings and reconciliations with Rimbaud, until an 1873 incident with a pistol sends one of them to prison. Codas dramatize the poets' final meeting and last illnesses. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Touched by Genius. Cursed by Madness. Blinded by Love. See more »


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Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, language, and some startling violence | See all certifications »

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$339,889 (USA)
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David Thewlis shaved part of his head especially for the film so as to look like the real Verlaine. See more »

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In the Café Andre where the adult Isabelle Rimbaud meets with Paul Verlaine, the typeface on the window is clearly in Helvetica, a typeface that was not created until 1954. See more »

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Paul Verlaine: Sometimes he speaks in a kind of tender dialect of the death which causes repentence, of the unhappy men who certainly exist, of painful tasks and heartrending departures. In the hovels where we got drunk he wept looking at those who surrounded us, the cattle of poverty. He lifted up drunks in the black streets. He had the pity a bad mother has for small children. He moved with the grace of a little girl at catechism. He pretended to know about everything, business, art, medicine. ...
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Hauntingly moving story, highly recommended.
18 June 2004 | by (PA, US) – See all my reviews

First off, this movie definitely deserves it's 'R' rating. So if you're a young Leo fan, don't bother. You're too young to see it and far too young to understand it.

Onto the review. I was deeply moved by this movie. I thought Leo DiCaprio (who I usually despise) was excellent in his role. He played the part of bisexual Arthur Rimbaud very well. Very believable. David Thewlis' role was also very well acted (and quite impressive) as Paul Verlaine.

Most have said it's not an accurate portrayal of what really went on....well that's what the disclaimer on the beginning of the movie states. If you missed it, don't complain.

Basically, it will move you (unless you have no emotion at all), make you think, and perhaps shock you a bit (mainly Paul's behavior toward his wife was a bit shocking). But it is a beautifully artistic film and I urge fans of this genre to experience it.


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