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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 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:

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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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2.35 : 1
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Rolling and tumbrelling
24 August 2005 | by bob998See all my reviews

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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