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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Robert Pattinson
Uma Thurman
Christina Ricci
Kristin Scott Thomas.
Directors
Declan Donnellan
Nick Ormerod.
Screenwriters
Rachel Bennette.
Running Time
103 minutes

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Bel Ami
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Plot
Dashing Georges Duroy (Pattinson), a poor ex-soldier from a rural background, enters the alien world of Parisian society under the wing of old friend Charles Forestier (Glenister). When Forestier secures him an introduction to society he soon makes the acquaintance of its ladies, including Madeleine Forestier (Thurman), Virginie Walters (Scott Thomas) and Clotilde De Marelle (Ricci). Amorousness swiftly ensues.


Review
Bel Ami
Robert Pattinson very much looks the part for Guy De Maupassant’s anti-morality tale, but his suitability ends there. The 1885 novel follows Georges Duroy, a young man endowed with beautiful features and ruthless cunning who uses these cruel gifts to seduce any influential woman who can boost him from the gutters to the top of Paris society. Pattinson is, of course, a handsome man, but asked to convey Duroy’s scheming with minimal dialogue he tends to just glare petulantly. The story itself remains interestingly modern — it is more possible than ever to achieve great fame with no discernible talent — but this production, with a fine ensemble cast directed to theatrical performances, has little at its heart. Like Duroy, it might be pretty on the surface, but inside it is completely hollow.


Verdict
Even with a strong cast to gild its endless chambers and salons, there's barely a spark of soul to fuel its story. Pattinson is no Malkovich either.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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"a mesmarasing performance from daniel radcliffe"

there were many cynics for quentin tarantino's new film bellend ami. but i like most of you have been completely won over. another sublime mo cap performance from andy serkis as he effortlessy takes on the role of christina ricci. superb. ... More

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Posted by gayindian at 14:20, 27 July 2012 | Report This Post


RE: puh

Agreed with the review. Although i thought Robert Pattinson was good the script and poor direction let him down. I think the plot line being so thin this would have made a better mini series. Agreed that it was poorly edited. There was little in it to hold my interest. ... More

Posted by princessa at 17:39, 16 June 2012 | Report This Post


puh

for me it's just a waste of time, of great settings and actresses I actually love. ... More

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Posted by create at 13:35, 26 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Dreadful

Despite having a decent cast & attempting to be a film about the trappings of social climbing in the turn of 20th century France, this is a desperately shambolic work that's badly directed, poorly written, inconsistently performed and horribly edited. Pattison (a guy who has the potential to go onto good things) really struggles here in convincing as a man eager to start making a name for himself in the Parisian social hierarchy after being chewed up by colonial war and fails to carry the film.... More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 13:12, 21 March 2012 | Report This Post


Dreadful

Robert Pattinson cannot act. Surely, I'm not the only person who has noticed this? The variety of faces this guy keeps making throughout the film is hilarious! ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 20:01, 11 March 2012 | Report This Post


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