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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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Serge Bramly (novel), Jacques Fieschi | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 August 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

De Sade See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,781, 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,113, 17 November 2002
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Alicéléo,Canal+,Cofimage 11 See more »
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Liberties by libertines...
23 May 2002 | by jotix100See all my reviews

For a historical French film, this effort by Benoit Jacquot comes on target. The tragic figure that was the Marquis de Sade is given a very sympathetic view from the director and it helps that Daniel Auteuil is portraying the main character.

The screenplay based on the novel by Serge Bramly, by Jacques Fiesch shows us the days of the Reign of Terror in France and what happened to these royals are they are sent to the country estate because they all have fallen out with the revolutionary government for different reasons.

The Marquis de Sade would, by today's standards, have been an eccentric living among the high society of Paris without raising an eyebrow, but unfortunately, his life happened during that period of turmoil where he was singled out as evil for just questioning the values and the hypocrisy of the French aristocracy.

The portrayal of de Sade by Mr. Auteuil is very restrained and dignified in contrast with other accounts of the Marquis by other actors in other films. He is interested in Emilie de Lancris, who just happens to be in the same place with her parents. Isild Le Besco, the actress playing her, has an enigmatic kind of beauty. She wants to learn and chooses the Marquis to be her guide into an unknown world.

An ensemble cast was assembled for this film. Among the most the best: Jeanne Balber, as the naughty Madame Santero. Silvie Testud and Gregoire Colin in minor roles and the great Jean Pierre Cassel as Emilie's libertine father.

This has been one of the most underrated films that have come from France lately, and unfortunately, it only lasted not even 2 weeks at Manhattan's mecca for "arty" films, the Lincoln Plaza complex, where there were only about 6 people in the theatre when we saw it. Yet, the same theatre was full when the overrated Amelie played for months.


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