Venus in Fur 2014

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(12) IMDb 7.2/10
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An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production.

Starring:
Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

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Venus in Fur

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Roman Polanski
Starring Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
Studio Artificial Eye
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
This is from veteran director Roman Polanski and is rather a simple story. We meet Thomas (Mathieu Amalric - `The Grand Budapest Hotel' and `Quantum of Solace') who is putting on an adaptation of a play about sado masochism in its highest arty form. He can't cast the main character and has given up for the day as all the wannabe's are useless.

Then in walks Vanda played by the superb Emmanuelle Seigner; she at first comes across as a bit inept and unprepared. But slowly she reveals more and more depth to herself and the character she is to play.

She convinces him to read for her and they start going through the play analysing all of the nuances - especially the sexual connotations. Then fiction starts to blur with reality as they both immerse themselves in their characters.

This is like a stage play and indeed has been adapted from one - there are only the two characters and the whole thing takes place inside the theatre. However, it is absolutely engrossing both actors put in mesmerising performances and the sexual tension is palpable throughout as is the intrigue. In French with very god subtitles this is an absolute gem which I can wholeheartedly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anon44 on 12 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
This is a fascinating film which shows the interchanging power relationships between the two actors. However, the dialogue is very fast in parts, and it is subtitled, which makes the film very difficult to follow and to be able to appreciate fully!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By demelzapuss on 25 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Interesting, partly because of the ambiguity of Polanski's relationships with women - or particular representations of relations with women. Some people will find that backstory, as well as the gender types in the play, will require work to deconstruct. But this is funny and entertaining: a very well-scripted; a taut, flab-free production. Seigner and Amalric work together flawlessly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. A. MACGILLIVRAY on 26 Aug 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Excellent portrayal of a manipulative character snaring a weaker one! Very enjoyable and thoroughly absorbing
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pop Music Reviewer on 1 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This movie is a real gem. Based on the stage adaptation of Venus in Fur by David Ives, this movie is adapted for the silver screen by Ives himself and Polanski. Mathieu Amalric is 'Thomas', the big shot theatre director, who, after a hard day of bad auditions agrees to see the last minute applicant and apparently unsuitable actress (Seigner) for the role of Sacher-Masoch's Vanda. At first glance, she (Seigner) falls woefully short of Thomas' vision of the part, but it's not long before the tables are turned as she devours both the part and also Thomas himself. Emmanuelle Seigner plays her role to perfection. Shameless, immodest.....Vanda brings humour to the film and despite what you may have read elsewhere is perfectly cast. Does anybody else think that Mathieu Amalric, from some angles, looks a little like a younger Polanski??

I saw this movie at the cinema only last night, and the audience were VERY appreciative. So was I.

You guessed it - its 5 stars from me for this highly recommended film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tracey J Patterson on 15 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Brilliant! Just keeps the attention and the 'fun' of wondering exactly who may be fibbing or who is telling the story or who has 'cracked'! The continuity is incredible! Hardly any breaks of scenes. A real treat xx
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