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Bel Ami

March 20, 2012

Bel Ami (2012)
Directors: Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod
Actors: Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci

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Synopsis: Impoverished upstart, George Duroy (Robert Pattinson), climbs the social ladder of late nineteenth century Paris by becoming a fixture with the ladies of that society.

Review: This transparent Robert Pattinson vehicle is little more than a nineteenth century Parisian episode of Gossip Girl. It all feels very familiar, and if you’ve seen Dangerous Liaisons or Marie Antoinette then you get the idea (except it’s significantly worse than both!) Apart from the camera fawning over Robert Pattinson’s vapidity, the other major problem with Bel Ami is its horribly arbitrary plot. It would be pointless to highlight all the story’s structural flaws but the one that particularly puzzled me was why Uma Thurman’s wealthy society wife would marry Pattinson (after she has already rejected him) when her husband dies? Because the plot requires it, of course. Anyway, it’s a film to avoid – especially as it reduces one of my favourite actresses, the classy Kristin Scott Thomas, to a giggly cliché of a sexually-repressed older woman, although I’m sure it will find an audience with Pattinson devotees. (March 2012)

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