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Lady J (2018)

Mademoiselle de Joncquières (original title)
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Fooled by a notorious libertine, a widow plans her revenge.

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Emmanuel Mouret

Writers:

Denis Diderot (novel), Emmanuel Mouret (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cécile de France ... Madame de La Pommeraye
Edouard Baer ... Le marquis des Arcis
Alice Isaaz ... Mademoiselle de Joncquières
Natalia Dontcheva ... Madame de Joncquières
Laure Calamy Laure Calamy ... Lucienne - l'amie de Madame
Manon Kneusé Manon Kneusé ... Une courtisane
Arnaud Dupont Arnaud Dupont ... Un homme de main de la marquise
Juliette Laurent Juliette Laurent ... La première domestique de Madame
Corinne Valancogne Corinne Valancogne ... La deuxième domestique de Madame 2
Edith Proust Edith Proust ... La troisième domestique de Madame
Gabrielle Atger Gabrielle Atger ... Une femme noble
Jean-Michel Lahmi Jean-Michel Lahmi ... Un homme noble
Emilie Aubertot ... Le premier domestique du marquis
Alban Casterman ... Le premier valet du marquis 1
Pierre Giraud Pierre Giraud ... Le deuxième valet du marquis
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Storyline

Madam de La Pommeraye, a young widow removed from the world, assigns to the court of the marquis des Arcis, licentious notorious. After a few years of a happiness without flaw, she discovers that the Marquis is tired of their union. Madly in Love and terribly injured, she decides to take revenge on him with the complicity of Mademoiselle de Joncquières and its mother. Written by Hugo Van Herpe

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official Netflix

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 September 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Art of Seduction See more »

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Dolby (as Dolby 5.1)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Free adaptation of an episode of Denis Diderot's "Jacques le Fataliste et son Maître", written in 1773, published in Paris in 1796 by Buisson. See more »

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Version of Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) See more »

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Minuet in G Major (BWV Anh. 114)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Walter Heinz Bernstein (harpsichord)
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Surprisingly great
12 March 2019 | by elizabethwithanaSee all my reviews

Lady J was such a great surprise for me to see. I was not expecting to like this movie and I had not heard of it before streaming it on Netflix, but I loved it. This movie was filled with beautiful, over-the-top, ornate sets and costume design, with intricacies that made almost every scene fit to be painted. It also had a great soundtrack that fit the genre but was not boring. My favorite feature of Lady J was how the likability of the characters changed throughout the movie. The screenwriting and directing, of course, accomplished that, but I also saw difference in the slight mannerisms of the actors that changed with their likability changes. Since I cannot understand the spoken language, the non-verbals were very important for my understanding of the characters. Each main character was both good and bad and most acts are framed as both good and bad. My perception of who was the hero/villain, who was as the protagonist/antagonist, flawlessly ebbed between the characters and themes. Most of the characters are likable at some point, and all have some good personality traits, but throughout the movie almost all of them do morally wrong, or downright creepy or cruel, things. There seems to be something in Lady J for everyone- it's beautiful to view, fun to hear the French language and musical score, filled with compelling and realistic characters (albeit rushed in terms of character development), and overflowing with meaningful themes about societal themes and interpersonal relationships. Lady J seemed to embrace and push past the cliches of its genre to touch on human nature, the complexities of relationships, and the inherent tensions and corruptions resulting from inequality (sex, age, financial, influence, religion) and self-centeredness (delusion, self-aggrandizement, callousness, vigilante justice, lack of introspection, pride). I'm not sure how those who made this movie managed to do so, but this movie left me with renewed belief in humanity. The value of connection to other people and society and of connection to a transcendent sense of morality, justice, and emotion across humankind reveals itself throughout the movie through the failures of the characters to connect and the messy process that results from the lack of true connection to each other and humankind.

The ending is a good one, depending on which character you ask!


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