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A man prepares himself to be transferred to a detention center and rest home where he will relive one more time the highlights of his youth.

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Benoît Jacquot

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Marquis de Sade
Marianne Denicourt ... Sensible
Jeanne Balibar ... Madame Santero
Grégoire Colin ... Fournier
Isild Le Besco ... Emilie de Lancris
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Le vicomte de Lancris
Philippe Duquesne Philippe Duquesne ... Coignard
Vincent Branchet Vincent Branchet ... Chevalier de Coublier
Raymond Gérôme Raymond Gérôme ... Président de Maussane
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Augustin
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Madame de Lancris
Sylvie Testud ... Renée de Sade
François Levantal François Levantal ... Latour
Frédérique Tirmont Frédérique Tirmont ... Madame d'Amblet
Daniel Martin Daniel Martin ... Monsieur Santero
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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 poco loco

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Release Date:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,781, 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,113, 17 November 2002
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Another Angle of Sade
15 February 2003 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

'Sade' is based on the same thesis as 'Quills' (which was better) - in a period of revolution, leading from the decadent monarchy of Louis XVI through the bloody Revolution to the imperial demagogy of the Napoleon era, the legendary marquis de Sade was not a problematic libertine author, but rather an early symbol of freedom of speech. An 18th century Flint, if you want! Well, if you accept this angle, the two films can be judged as worth watching.

The French version is rather conventional, but well made and acted, in the style of the French historical cinema (the good one). You certainly can get confused, as you may not understand all the political nuances, which are certainly familiar to any French collegian, but you cannot be indifferent to the well played theme of expecting death, counting back the days and hours before the guilotine falls. Art ('Art'?) and Love ('Love'?) are victors over fear and death - this is the central message. Mass graves and fear are unfortunately still true in the 21th century as well. So is the permanent fight between freedom of expression and dictatorial puritanism.

The rithm of the film is rather slow, but acting is solid. 'Quills' was better, because it went even further with its central theme. However, 'Sade' is also worth watching. 7/10 on my personal scale.


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