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Bel Ami and Cosmopolis on Dark Horizons ‘The Notable Films of 2012’ List   3 comments

From Dark Horizon:

Bel Ami

Opens: 2012
Cast: Uma Thurman, Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott Thomas
Director: Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod

Analysis: Though it shares the same name as Europe’s most prestigious hardcore gay porn studio, this is an adaptation of French author Guy de Maupassant’s much beloved 1885 novel about a young former soldier who screws his way up the social ladder of Parisian high society.

Recent trailers show a period faithful film that’s pretty to look at but oddly inert in emotion, a not unexpected sign considering the author’s legendarily efficient and involving prose is very difficult to translate on screen. As a classic French tale, if this English-language adaptation proves anything less than adequate it will likely get torn apart by European critics.

Cosmopolis

Opens: 2012
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, Juliette Binoche, Kevin Durand
Director: David Cronenberg

Analysis: After reinventing himself with 2005’s “A History of Violence”, David Cronenberg’s second coming has kept up its strong track record with both “Eastern Promises” and this year’s “A Dangerous Method” scoring very good notices.

Now comes this high-concept adaptation of Don DeLillo’s popular novel in which “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson plays a financial whiz who risks his immense fortune by betting against the yen on one particularly chaotic day.

Much of the action is set inside a limousine with Pattinson’s character transported from one location to another so expect a fairly tight little piece akin to “Phone Booth” – a deliberate comparison considering Colin Farrell was originally cast in the lead role.

Pattinson has yet to really tackle a film not primarily aimed at women, and it’ll be an interesting experiment to see if both critics and Cronenberg fans can get over their issues with a “Twilight” star being in this and judge it fairly.

See the full list here

Via / Gossipgyal

Posted January 22, 2012 by fastieslowie in Bel Ami

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