Bel Ami | Directed by Declan Donnellan (UK/France/Italy 2012) with Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott-Thomas. Starts April 26
April 25, 2012
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Based on the novel by Guy de Maupasant, Donnellan's first feature film centres on a fairly one-dimensional protagonist – the impecunious former soldier Georges Duroy (Pattinson) – and his torrid rise through Parisian society. Given the formidable ladies he beds on his way up, however, we are left querying this anti-hero's non-physical attractions. The movie works as an indictment of vacuous Belle Époque mores and their contamination of politics and society but falls short on recreating the relationships that perpetuate them.
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