Valmont

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Released 1989

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Director:
Milos Forman
Released:
1989
Rating:
R
Valmont is a dramatic romance set in 18th century Baroque, France. The movie is based on the French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (1782) by novelist Choderlos de Lallos and was directed by Milos Forman. The story centers around a young, womanizing aristocrat Valmont (Colin Firth) and his scheming, widowed ex-lover, Marquise de Merteuil (Annette Bening). The devious aristocrats make a taboo bet that the young aristocrat can seduce a recently married, honorable woman. The young aristocrat is very motivated to accept and conquer the bet because his reward is that he can have his ex-lover do whatever he pleases. However, everything does not go as planned because the young man falls in love in the process of conquering the bet. The movie is full of complex sexual relationships, infidelity and deceit. You will be sitting on the edge of your seats trying to put together all the pieces of this romantic drama.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Frears version is cerebral and claustrophobic, an exercise in sexual mindplay.

  • 60

    Variety

    Milos Forman's meticulously produced Valmont is an extremely well-acted period piece that suffers from stately pacing and lack of dramatic high points.

  • 30

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    For every necessary touch that Valmont has reduced or dispensed with (the climactic duel scene, for instance), there is another, less vital moment that has been expanded.

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    Drama

    Themes

    Independent, Historical, Love & Romance