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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Robert Pattinson ... Georges Duroy

Uma Thurman ... Madeleine Forestier

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Virginie Rousset

Christina Ricci ... Clotilde de Marelle

Colm Meaney ... Monsieur Rousset

Philip Glenister ... Charles Forestier

Holliday Grainger ... Suzanne Rousset

Natalia Tena ... Rachel the Prostitute

James Lance ... François Laroche

Anthony Higgins ... Comte de Vaudrec

Thomas Arnold ... Louis
Timothy Walker ... Solicitor

Pip Torrens ... Paul the Butler

Christopher Fulford ... Police Commisioner
Amy Marston ... Nanny
Frank Dunne ... Bishop
George Potts ... Chief Cashier

Eloise Webb ... Laurine de Marelle
Iain Stuart Robertson ... Innkeeper (as Ian Stuart Robertson)
Balázs Czukor ... Priest
Rebecca Barrett ... Dancer
Tom Muggeridge ... Dancer
Matthew Cheney ... Dancer
Chloe Trend ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Audrey Albert ... Duchesse (uncredited)

Lasco Atkins ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Sophie Barnes ... (uncredited)

Ryan Ellsworth ... Journalist (uncredited)
Szabolcs Eszes ... Young man at restaurant (uncredited)
James Fiddy ... Parisian Gentleman (uncredited)
Arthur Gourounlian ... Dancer (uncredited)

Jason Gregg ... Gavante Man (uncredited)

Jake Harders ... Journalist (uncredited)
Ceri Jerome ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jennifer Kidd ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dorian Lough ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Adam Newsome ... Journalist (uncredited)

Todd Peterson ... Journalist (uncredited)
Chris Piper ... Dancer (uncredited)
Senem Temiz ... Ball Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Declan Donnellan 
Nick Ormerod 
Writing credits
Guy de Maupassant (novel)

Rachel Bennette (screenplay)

Produced by
Laurie Borg .... co-producer
Simon Fuller .... executive producer
Ceri Hughes .... associate producer
Ildiko Kemeny .... associate producer: Hungary (as Ildikó Kemény)
Uberto Pasolini .... producer
Original Music by
Lakshman Joseph De Saram 
Rachel Portman 
Cinematography by
Stefano Falivene 
Film Editing by
Gavin Buckley 
Masahiro Hirakubo 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
Attila Kovács  (as Attila F. Kovacs)
Art Direction by
Zsuzsanna Borvendég 
Set Decoration by
Anna Lynch-Robinson 
Costume Design by
Odile Dicks-Mireaux 
Makeup Department
Vicky Fields .... hair trainee (as Victoria Fields)
Vicky Fields .... makeup trainee (as Victoria Fields)
Jon Henry Gordon .... hair stylist
Jon Henry Gordon .... makeup artist
Joe Hopker .... hair stylist
Annamária Lafferton .... assistant crowd makeup supervisor: Budapest
Lizzie Lawson .... hair stylist (as Lizzi Lawson Zeiss)
Lizzie Lawson .... makeup artist (as Lizzi Lawson Zeiss)
Louise Luxton .... crowd hair stylist
Balázs Novák .... crowd makeup supervisor: Budapest
Gabriella Németh .... crowd hair supervisor: Budapest
Marc Pilcher .... crowd hairdresser
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Julia Vernon .... crowd hair supervisor
Julia Vernon .... crowd makeup supervisor
Production Management
Kálmán Antal .... production manager: Hungary
Gisela Evert .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Wynne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Brewster .... third assistant director
Gergely Fülöp .... third assistant director: Hungary
Sandrine Loisy .... base third assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... crowd second assistant director
Bogi Móricz .... second assistant director (HU )
Josh Robertson .... first assistant director
Nick Shuttleworth .... second assistant director
Andy Young .... crowd third assistant director
Emma Grace .... crowd third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Marc Beros .... hod scenic painter
Mat Campbell .... key greensman
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster
Alexandra Collins .... assistant art director
Billy Edwards .... props
Carrie Garner .... assistant set decorator
James Hendy .... prop buyer
Simon Hutchings .... standby painter
Josh Jones .... stand-by carpenter
Attila Kiss .... standby props
József Kiss .... construction manager
Tim Lanning .... greensman
Mauro Masotti .... drapery
Amy Meakin .... graphics assistant
Les Mills .... supervising rigger
Ian Murray .... rigger (as Ian Vincent Murray)
Sophie Neil .... assistant to production designer
Tamas Ordodi .... sculptor
Beatrix Petõ .... assistant art director
Mark Raggett .... supervising art director
Tyrone Reed .... stagehand
Sarah Stuart .... stand-by art director
István Tímár .... props
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist
Terry Woods .... property master
Sound Department
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Arthur Fenn .... boom operator
James Gibb .... sound assistant
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Simon Hayes .... production sound mixer
Robin Johnson .... boom operator
Kevin Phelan .... head of post production: Lip Sync Post
Simon Trundle .... foley editor
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer
Ian Waggott .... foley artist
Ian Wilson .... supervising sound editor
Yanti Windrich .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Robert Karlsson .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects supervisor
Nigel Wilkinson .... senior special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects
Sean Farrow .... visual effects supervisor
Matt Foster .... compositor: LipSync Post
Charlotte Gray .... digital restoration artist
Will Hudson .... digital restoration
Emma Hulme .... digital restoration
Katie McCulloch .... digital restoration
Dolores McGinley .... visual effects
David Sjodin .... compositor
Lucy Tanner .... visual effects coordinator
Mark Archer .... stunts
Tony Lucken .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ádám Balogh .... rigging electrician
Attila Barczay .... camera trainee
Alfie Biddle .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Attila Bilik .... rigging gaffer: Hungary
Kerry Brown .... still photographer
Zsolt Büti .... gaffer: Hungary
Tommy Carlin .... rigging electrician
Lawrence Carter .... standby rigger
Chris Cavanagh .... video playback assistant
Chris Clarke .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
John Clarke .... electrician
Ian Coffey .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Andy Cole .... best boy
John Colley .... gaffer
Adam Dorney .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Amine El Fadl .... assistant camera
Mike Farr .... lighting balloon technician
Lee Godfrey .... grip: "b" camera
Stuart Godfrey .... key grip
György Horváth .... focus puller: "b" camera, Hungary
Stuart Howell .... Steadicam operator
Stuart Howell .... camera operator: "a" camera
Dylan Jones .... video operator
János Kiss .... key grip: Budapest
Oliver Loncraine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Vince Madden .... rigging gaffer
Ginger McCarthy .... supervising electrical rigger
Danny McGee .... practical electrician
Mike Parsons .... electrician
Robert Patzelt .... Steadicam operator
Robert Patzelt .... additional camera operator
Péter Pozsonyi .... grip
Balázs Rozgonyi .... video assist operator
Gabor Szucs .... grip: Budapest
Chris Tann .... lighting technician
Carsten Thoms .... balloon light technician
István Török .... best boy grip: Budapest
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Tamás Kertész .... extras casting
Kirsty Kinnear .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brigitta Barko .... wardrobe assistant: Hungary (as Brigitta Barkó)
Karen Beale .... wardrobe mistress
Martin Chitty .... set costumer
Ellen Crawshaw .... costume assistant: daily
Anne T. Delaney .... costume alterations: daily
Lucy Donowho .... set costumer
Andrew Fletcher .... key costumer
Jules Goldsmith .... costume assistant
Natalie Humphries .... assistant costume designer
Harriet Kendall .... costume assistant
Éva Kuzma .... wardrobe assistant
Joseph La Corte .... Costumer to Uma Thurman
Joanna Campbell Lynch .... wardrobe mistress (as Joanna Campbell)
Bryony Myers .... costume daily
Péter Palotás .... dresser
Jane Petrie .... costume supervisor
Anna Reynolds .... costume assistant
Orsolya Sallai .... costumer
Zsuzsa Stenger .... costume supervisor
Katalin Ujvari .... wardrobe assistant
Wyn Vaughan-Humphreys .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Dan Dolan .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Paul Ensby .... digital colourist
Kim Honeyman .... digital intermediate producer
Neil Williams .... first assistant editor
Simona Harrison .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Todd Kleparski .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Yann McCullough .... music co-ordinator
Yann McCullough .... music editor
Jeremy Murphy .... protools engineer
Ben Parker .... music tutor
Jehan Stefan .... assistant to orchestrator
Karen Westropp .... assistant to composer
Youki Yamamoto .... music arranger
Transportation Department
Paul Allen .... unit driver
Soma Benke .... transportation captain
Mark Crowley .... driver: Rob Pattinson
Lee Edwards .... unit driver
István Ivanov .... driver
Zsolt Somogyi .... transportation coordinator: Hungary
Zoltán Szepesi .... motorhome operator (as Zoltan Szepesi)
Other crew
Reka Angyalosy .... assistant accountant
Philip Ball .... stand-in
Bea Beliczai .... location manager
Csaba Benedek .... location and security consultant
Roland Birtha .... unit assistant
Finn Brandt .... title designer
Kate Brown .... key floor runner
Katie Bullock-Webster .... post production co-ordinator
Phil Cairns .... unit publicist
David Campbell-Bell .... assistant location manager
Bruno Cassoni .... assistant location manager
Valentina Coccia .... production coordinator
Ginger Corbett .... unit publicist
Paul Crimmings .... close protection officer
Christian De-vos .... head of security
Szabolcs Eszes .... stand-in: Robert Pattinson (Hungary )
Elton Farla .... unit medic
Lizzy Follows .... unit publicist
Samantha Gardner .... assistant accountant
Katie Harlow .... script supervisor: dailies
Michael Harm .... location manager
Marianne Huet .... assistant script supervisor
Amy Irvine .... stand-in
Steve Keane .... security and location assistant
Sheerin Khosrowshahi-Miandoab .... cast assistant
András Kopházi .... security coordinator
Kerrie Lloyd .... production runner
Imre Légmán .... location manager
Linda Marián .... runner
Cara McVean .... production assistant
Zoe Morgan .... script supervisor
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant
Zsofi Oblath .... production coordinator: Hungary
Peter Ogunsalu .... assistant to director
Gábor Osváth .... assistant to the directors: Hungary
János Papp .... health & safety advisor: Hungary
Asha Sharma .... assistant location manager
Alice Syed .... assistant production coordinator
Richard Szabó .... unit manager: Hungary
Katharine Tidy .... home economist
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Dan Whitty .... location manager
David Wilcock .... first assistant accountant
Lesley Wise .... legal & business affairs
Gábor Xantus .... medical coordinator
Peter Gray .... location assistant (uncredited)
Ben Hope .... security (uncredited)

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, nudity and brief language
102 min
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Charles Forestier:[from trailer]
Charles Forestier:So what have you been doing all these years?
Georges Duroy:I only just got out. I'm hoping for a bit of luck in Paris.
Charles Forestier:You couldn't have come at a better time.Paris is filthy with money, even the whores are getting rich. Why don't come to dinner tomorrow night? Come and meet my wife.
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22 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
'Bel Ami' was a pleasant film to me, interesting, sometimes even exciting., 31 March 2012
Author: twmmy from Hungary

My son's review... Miláčik – Bel Ami I remember it was more than two years ago that word had reached into my ears that the novel of Guy De Maupassant titled 'Bel Ami' was about to be adapted on screen. The cast was already fabulous: the leading role of Georges Duroy was given to Robert Pattinson, the young actor trying to squeeze himself out of the stereotype of being a teenage idol. The list of leading actresses at the same level of importance (or even more important) included Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film already had a Hungarian relation, as the Paris street scenes were shot on the streets of the more cost effective Budapest and even the French Riviera is substituted by the Tihany peninsula on lake Balaton. (With the southern shore removed on post-production, as the viaduct of the motorway would show weird.) Somehow the distributor had not found it important to bring 'Bel Ami' to the cinemas in Hungary, but after all, I don't care. Still, the cinema in the not too distant Štúrovo, Slovakia had the film on its program. I joined my family on the trip, to watch the film in English, with Czech subtitles (really Czech, with the letter ů in the text). There were five more people present in the comfortable, air conditioned place, which had the ability of 3D-screening and 7.1 Dolby Digital sound. Not bad for the cinema of a small town with ten and some thousand inhabitants, compared to similar facilities in the region. Before taking wide consequences from the low number of viewers, I'd make the remark that the next film on the program did not attract more of them. So, let the curtain roll.

Just a few lines on the story if someone would not find it familiar: the (anti)hero of the story set in the year of 1890 is the hardly literate Georges Duroy, who lives in a battered tenement in Paris and works as a railway cashier – and he becomes a social climber, making his fortune mostly by sleeping with wives of powerful men. Meanwhile he is unable to write a single sentence on his own, but he is indeed able to look charming and do things needed to win the hearts of neglected women. I think I don't rush too ahead when I say that by the end of the film, the high society life sits well with Duroy. Very well.

Is the story familiar? Several critics find parallel syndromes when looking at the life of Duroy and looking at the carriers of short-time stars of the present days. This might be a real analogy, but there are differences: Duroy of the film does not think of himself as a talented man. He does not even act consciously, he is a man of his instincts, and he is getting shown a few possibilities, which he uses according to his own talent. (i.e. sleeps with more women) The person showing these possibilities is Clotilde (played by Christina Ricci), who ends up being given a couple of verbal slaps, given by the very man she loves.

Let's now leave the storyline – if interested, the book is present in the libraries or one can travel to a country where it is still/already in the theaters. Or one can wait the release of the DVD. (And then order it from another country...) Take now a look at the actors. I admit that I'm not one of the screaming Pattinson-fans, and there is no way that I'd start screaming if I saw him walking in the streets of this place. Yet he was a positive surprise to me: looked with an empty face when he had to use an empty face and looked angry when he had to look angry. Duroy is such a character, an empty, shallow beast, who gets angry easily. Hands up if you don't know such a person and smile, because you're lucky. Listing the three leading actresses: there is Uma Thurman as the injured, intelligent but sometimes ebullient Madeleine. We've got Christina Ricci, charming, a little silly as Clotilde, who loves Georges almost unconditionally – it's easy to believe that she's the poor good girl used up by the evil Georges. Kristin Scott Thomas is great at playing the elegant lady neglected by her husband. Philip Glenister plays the arrogant, rich editor, Charles Forestier brilliantly. Looking at the job done by the actors, I don't find anything disputable.

Taking a look at the directing of the film. Some changes between the scenes are slow and forced at the first sight, but this is not Avatar, and remember, we're not watching a video-clip but a period novel adaptation. We get a large amount of close-ups, I found this a bit unnecessary and boring, whoever was the subject of the actual close-up. It was odd to me that Pattinson was tried to be made look older by leaving this partly unshaven style. First of all, it didn't succeed, secondly, in a period when guys had the possibility to join the army at the age of 18 (or under), being a retired solider at the age of twenty-some is not very surprising. This unshaven style simply doesn't work – a mustache, a beard, or nothing. But this really is bagatelle.

The music was all right, the sound was fine. I've already wrote on the location, it was funny to recognize some of the buildings. Or even the interior of the tenement of Duroy, you've seen one, you've seen them all: some buildings in the inner city still can be sold as 100 years old, almost without modifications.

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