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Great New Bel Ami Review by Radio Times   5 comments

From Radio Times

It’s pretty daring to take Robert Pattinson, the most fanciable young actor of his generation, and cast him alongside actresses of the calibre of Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci. But it’s a risk that pays off here as his performance takes this retelling of Guy de Maupassant’s tale of sex and ambition to another level. As thrilling as it is sumptuous, the first feature from theatre directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod brings Paris at the turn of the 20th century to vibrant life, as handsome, brutish social climber Georges Duroy (Pattinson) plunders and blunders his way around the women of powerful men. The stunning production design frames Duroy’s amorality as it unfolds like a rotten flower, and Pattinson has never looked more irresistible or dangerous. Thurman, especially, is a revelation – literally finding a new quality to her voice as the influential and wealthy Madeleine Forestier. A hauntingly beautiful triumph of content over style, this isDangerous Liaisons meets Cruel Intentions with extra added credibility.

4/5 stars 
Language:English
Theatrical distributor:Optimum Releasing
Guidance: Swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Released 9 Mar 2012


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Posted March 11, 2012 by fastieslowie in Bel Ami

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