Quills Review

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A portrait of the notorious erotic writer's last days in Charenton asylum. The ever active Marquis pursuades an unwitting laundress to smuggle his works out of the asylum for publication with disastrous consequences.


After visualising erotic literature on screen in 'Henry And June' and 'The Unbearable Lightness Of Being', director Kaufman turns his attention to the works of the Marquis De Sade, the erotc writer form which the term 'Sadism' justifyably takes its name.

Doug Wright adapts his own stage play, taking a fictional spin on the infamous writer and sexual deviant's final days in Charenton Asylum. The ever manipulaitive Marquis befriends a young laundress and pursuades her to smuggle his final wrtings out of the asylum for publication. Not happy with this act of defiance, he also stirs up the other inmates to the point of inevitable destruction.

An intelligent study of voyeurism, eroticism, rebellion and censorship, the film is driven by a dark, stinging wit and passionate performances.

A gripping tale of eroticism and sexual fantasy that keeps grips with it's taught atmosphere and passionate performances.