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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.


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





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


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


Temptation. Seduction. Obsession. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Christina Ricci was asked in an interview if it was difficult filming the nude scenes in this movie. She said "I trained my brain not to care about nudity at work. It's like going to the beach. You could spend the whole time obsessing, or you could just go to the beach, forget about how you look, and have a good time." See more »


Charles Forestier: [from trailer]
Charles Forestier: Georges Duroy, you look terrible. Let me buy you a drink.
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Not the French Belle Epoque...
13 March 2012 | by raraavis-2See all my reviews

OK, the settings are beautiful, the women are attractive, the dresses very good... and that's about it. The film is totally unreal, it's impossible to believe the characters are French: their attitudes, their movements, their expressions, are totally Anglo-Saxon. The film is unbelievable at all times, there is an excessive use of music (a Hollywood trademark), the acting is wooden... This film is as close to 19th century Paris as a Las Vegas reproduction is close to Venice. For example, the main character - Bel Ami - sports trendy stubble, something that would have got him thrown out of any respectable house at the time.

I found myself yawning and wondering how long until the film ended. And my wife fell asleep for a short while And - let me add - we're both film buffs.

If only the French had made this movie... as it is, my instinctive dislike of Hollywood movies was more than justified by this one. A waste of time, except - as I said before - for the visual enjoyment provided by Uma Thurman and Ricci.

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Release Date:

9 March 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,018, 10 June 2012

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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