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Bel Ami (2012)

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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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Guy de Maupassant (novel), Rachel Bennette (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Thomas Arnold ... Louis
Timothy Walker Timothy Walker ... Solicitor
Pip Torrens ... Paul the Butler
Christopher Fulford ... Police Commisioner
Amy Marston ... Nanny
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Possessed by love. Consumed by desire. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bel Ami, historia de un seductor See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,018, 10 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$119,919, 29 July 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cast includes two actors who played Detective Gene Hunt in the UK or US version of Life on Mars (2006) (Philip Glenister and Colm Meaney respectively). See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Georges Duroy: [seducing Virginie] Does your husband tell you you're beautiful?
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Connections

Version of Bel Ami (1976) 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 ursulahemardSee 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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