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Bel Ami (Blu-ray)
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Kristin Scott Thomas
Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod
Screenwriter Rachel Bennette
Costume Designer Odile Dicks
Mireaux Production Designer Attila F. Kovacs
Hair and Make-Up Designer Jenny Shircore
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Based on the classic novel, Bel Ami unites an incredible cast of actors for a scandalous tale of high society 19th Century France. An erotically charged tale of ambition, power and seduction, the story chronicles the rise of penniless ex-soldier Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga) through the echelons of the Parisian elite. Also starring Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci. Bel Ami is a timeless epic with a modern twist - A Dangerous Liaisons for a new generation. --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, this rags-to-riches tale has lavish sets and costumes and beautiful photography. The three female leads (Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurmon) are outstanding. The same cannot be said for Pattinson, however; his character is neither handsome nor appealing and so the story falls flat. Also, his dialogue, which deals with emotionally-charged subjects like love and hate and loyalty and betrayal, is stoically-delivered with an unflinching poker-face. He doesn't have the charisma required to make his role believable.
If you are a fan of Robert Pattinson, you'll enjoy the movie. My take: 3 stars.
Bel Ami is an adaption of the novel of the same title by Guy de Maupassant. I can't say whether the film sticks to the original story or not, but with most films that answer is usually no. Bel Ami follows the story of George Duroy and his rise to power in Paris by manipulating the wives of the most influential men in the city.
At first I thought that Robert Pattinson was doing an excellent job and his acting was great, however, it soon became a source of much hilarity. Pattinson really does the 'tortured' face well and he basically had that look plastered on his face for this entire movie. In fact, it was pretty much identical to the face he pulls whenever Edward Cullen can smell human blood. Suffice to say, Robert Pattinson will never be anything more than the sparkly vampire from those teen movies. The other actors, however, were superb. The three main women were portrayed by Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci and they all had very different characters that were pulled off equally well. Had these three women not done such a brilliant job I think I would've just rolled around laughing for the majority of the film. Each of these women has an incredibly compelling character, each affected by some sort of demon. Appearances were very important in nineteenth century France so these actresses were essentially playing two women.Read more ›
Not usually what I'd go for but loved it!
But, but. I have read the book a number of years ago and thoroughly recommend it. It is a story of nasty people using other people to get what they want. If you don't think this is relevant to your own life then open your eyes and look around you. Or look in the mirror. The author, Guy de Maupassant, by all accounts does not seem to have been a terribly nice fellow himself and I believe (I'll need to check later) died of syphilis. The importance of the novel is the questions that it poses, essentially all the big ones: is there another life or is this it? What would you do to advance your own position in life? How do you treat people depending on your perception of their use to you? How much energy do you spend in exacting petty revenge for wrongs done to you? Do you fear death? These are big questions, and they are questions wrapped up within the story of a vain, self-pitying, ruthless, talentless 19th century Parisian toyboy and his manipulation of women and, their manipulation of him. Read the book. In particular, the description of the death of Charles Forrestier is one of the most terrifying descriptions of dying and death I have ever read.
So, the important thing is, given that the filmakers have set themselves the task of interpreting the book, does it succeed?
Emphatically , yes. I was very impressed by Robert Pattinson (and I hate Twilight) who succeeds brilliantly in conveying the emptiness, inadequacy and rage of the central character, who loathes himself, and the women he seduces, in equal measure. Think "what does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his own soul", and you've got the general point. The supporting cast were all equally impressive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worth watching but once is enough. A lame story set in Paris in the 1800 about greed and ambition.Published 4 months ago by J M Kotze
Robert Pattinson always puts his all in his performances, enjoyed the filmPublished 4 months ago by Karen Temple
Watched dvd today for the first time since bought it.really disappointed to find its faulty.was enjoying the film then blue lines appeared on screen then dvd cuts out. Read morePublished 5 months ago by PJ
Wasn't sure what to expect from this film. The performances were really good. None of the characters had any redeeming qualities, they were pretty vile. Read morePublished 5 months ago by footychick
Pattinson goes from rags to riches and he befriends rich women and squirms his way into high society on looks alone. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Colonel Decker
Wary at first due to Robert Pattinson being the lead actor, I was pleasantly surprised by his acting, better than the debacle of Twilight. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LChP
I haven't seen it all as I can say is I like Christina Ricci she's a marvellous actress, a quick service.Published 13 months ago by WILIAM