Bel Ami

Possessed by love. Consumed by desire.


Bel Ami
In some ways The Rake's Progress, this adaption of a famous novel struggles to connect with the audience. We follow a young man as he uses his power of seduction, the only thing he is really good at, to rise in Parisian society, by means of trysts with wealthy married women.

105 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Sex, Nudity).
Drama, Period piece, On the art circuit

Showtimes

I could please you better than your husband ...
I could please you better than your husband ...

Credits

Cast
Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, Philip Glenister
Director
Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod
ScreenplayRachel Bennette, from the novel by Guy de Maupassant
MusicLakshman Joseph de Saram, Rachel Portman
CinematographyStefano Falivene
EditingGavin Buckley, Masahiro Hirakubo
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributorNu Metro
Made in2012
Produced byRedwave Films, 19 Entertainment, Protagonist Pictures, Rai Cinema

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageIsolated, with context, 'bastard'
NudityBreast and buttock exposure, sexual context
SexSuggestive, provocative, brief, strong
ViolenceBrief, moderate impact, within context
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsA French period drama portraying one man's desire for success and wealth.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.



Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Debashine Thangevelo quote iconLanguid lothario forgetful.
5
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi quote iconVoorspelbaarheid te veel in visier.
10
Cape Times
David Rooney quote iconMany brooding shots for Team 'Twilight' fans... but nobody's home.
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconBel Ami is too slow and takes itself too seriously to work as a juicy, period piece soap opera and not nearly intelligent enough to mark an effective replication of its classic source material.
10
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconWe rightfully expect fireworks. What we get is the film equivalent of a wet blanket.
8
Metacritic.com
25 critics
8
Rottentomatoes critics
86 critics
10
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconBel Ami contains some soapy pleasures but it overall rushes through the narrative and suffers from a vague central performance by Robert Pattinson.
5
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
10
Movie Review Intelligence
30 critics
7

What the People say

Internet
8470 Netizens quote iconEvents happen very fast, it's mainly fully understandable to those who have actually read, loved, discussed and grasped the novel!
11

Average .. 40%

8

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