La Vénus à la fourrure

June 19th, 2014


La Vénus à la fourrure

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An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 7.2/10 (3,941 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Roman Polanski

Stars: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric

An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production.

Writers: David Ives, Roman Polanski

Emmanuelle Seigner - Vanda
Mathieu Amalric - Thomas


Official Website: Mars Distribution [France]

Country: France, Poland

Language: French, German

Release Date: 8 November 2013

Filming Locations: Paris, France

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Actor Louis Garrel was originally cast as the male lead and was replaced by Mathieu Amalric. See more »


User Review


Rating: 9/10

Since I had not been able to fully appreciate the recent Polanski works, this movie has been for me a big surprise. I especially disliked "Carnage" because I found it predictable, and therefore boring – and I know very well I was quite alone in my opinion, but still. For this reason, I was biased towards another movie from the same director featuring just a couple of characters secluded in an interior. But, eventually, I found "Venus" surprising and exciting (and please don't misunderstand: excitement entirely came out of surprise).

The script, apparently simple, is a jewel with many shining facets, a brilliant movie translation of a witty stageplay inspired by a meaningful and modern book. It is like a very complex choreography, a delicate and fragile thing, very easy to spoil unless the execution is perfect. But the great work of the director and of the actors have produced a real masterpiece that maintains a high level of tension and interest throughout his whole running time.

Thanks to the brilliant connections between literature, stage and reality, and thanks to the many things that remain unclear about the character's real identities and motivations, this movie sounds much more like a question than like a an answer: some kind of Rorschach spot to test the opinion of the audience about the relationships between a man and a woman, between the lover and the beloved one. Go see it with an open mind, and you won't be disappointed: even in a worst case scenario you will find an interesting piece of conversation, so anyhow your time will be well spent.


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