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Kristin Scott Thomas,
Many noble families are locked in a chateau due to the French Revolution. The infamous Marquis de Sade is there and is generally shunned by the others. A teen-aged girl befriends him behind her parents back and learns about him and life in general. He initiates her into sexual exploration and leads her to become an independent, sexually-liberated woman. Written by
Only one thing hampered my total enjoyment of this film: Isild le
Besco, with her Asian looks, cannot possibly be the child of
Jean-Pierre Cassel and Dominique Reymond. Otherwise this is far better
than Kaufman's Quills as a portrait of Sade. Daniel Auteuil is always
at home in costume parts (remember him as the doomed officer in The
Widow of St. Pierre?) and his ease with the part is wonderful. This is
a more thoughtful, more world-weary debauched aristocrat than the
caricature that Geoffrey Rush gave us. My favorite scene: dinner at the
prison, Sade musing about Robespierre's belief in a supreme
being--would that be solid, or a gas perhaps?--as he courts Emilie,
under the watchful eyes of her parents.
Benoit Jacquot has made a film that is more accessible than some he has
done. There is a Bressonian austerity to some of his past films that
this one thankfully lacks. The Marquis had the ability to appeal to
your love of liberty and hatred for tyranny, at the same time as making
you appalled when you sit down to read his novels. Jacquot knows this
and plays down the writing.
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