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Bel Ami (2012)

 -  Drama | History | Romance  -  9 March 2012 (UK)
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A chronicle of a young man's rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city's wealthiest and most influential women.

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Georges Duroy is a penniless soldier returning from war. He travels to Paris in a search for ways to improve his social and financial status. He uses his wit and powers of seduction to charm wealthy women. Written by Anonymous

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Possessed by love. Consumed by desire. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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

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9 March 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bel Ami, historia de un seductor  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$38,018 (USA) (8 June 2012)

Gross:

$119,919 (USA) (27 July 2012)
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman was offered Kristin Scott Thomas's role, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

Quotes

Charles Forestier: [from trailer]
Charles Forestier: Georges Duroy, you look terrible. Let me buy you a drink.
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Version of Bel Ami (1968) See more »

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Ave Maria
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Written by Franz Schubert
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Events happen very fast, it's mainly fully understandable to those who have actually read, loved, discussed and grasped the novel!
4 June 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!!!…having read the book not only once, in German but also in French, I was impressed by this movie adaptation of the French classic novel by Guy de Maupassant (5 August 1850 – 6 July 1893) .

I must admit however, that the events happen very fast (it is very hard to pack such an intense and complex story into 160minutes) and it's mainly fully understandable to those who have actually read, loved, discussed and grasped the novel. The movie incorporates many swift innuendos and hints at passages taken directly from the novel. It is is very accurate to, and there are even scenes and dialogues straight from, the novel. The relevant essence of 19th century French society rules is obvious. And even though the director skips some of the specific historical and political details, the viewer gets indications and references to catch on. The actors/characters from the book, especially the ladies in question, couldn't be cast more perfectly Uma Thurman, the immaculate representation of Madeleine int he novel, Kristin Scott- Thomas, ditto as Virginie with her age, looks and temperament and Christina Ricci, down-to- earth, less intellectual but utterly sensual (maybe with a little exception of Ricci who played Clotilde's character perfectly, but should have been more voluptuous physically).

Robert Pattinson impersonated the poor protagonist George Duroy, without name nor heritage, however street-smart and snobbish, yet still sensitive and compassionate arriviste George Duroy, just as I imagined so many years ago upon reading the book. You might despise or pity, but you will always love him in the meantime. Beautiful authentic settings, costumes and props and the soundtrack just gets under your the skin, courtesy of . If you still question Robert Pattison as an actor (which I did, but do no more) then at least you may praise the direction of Declan Donnellan & Nick Ormerod…. for … the movie is simply…very good, VERY Good indeed...


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