Bel Ami

Bel Ami


Temptation. Seduction. Obsession.

Robert Pattinson stars in this period drama about a young Parisian who rises to power via manipulation of the city's most influential and wealthy women. Based on Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel, co-starring Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas.... More

Georges Duroy (Pattison) travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.Hide

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There are few stories I relish as much as those that centre around some sort of societal ascension. There's something quite delicious about watching a character weave around his or her class status to infiltrate a rarefied arena, only to inevitably become a victim of its corruptive influence.... More

So I was naturally excited to see this film, based on one of the few novels by that French master of the sardonic short story, Guy De Maupassant.

Unfortunately it's a superficially-rendered tale, without enough character conviction or forward movement. Pattinson's protagonist stumbles his way through various women, whimpering all the way and rarely seeming like a master of his own destiny.

His three paramours - Uma Thurman; Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci – acquit themselves with dignity, but the clunky script lets them down. Ricci gives the most interesting performance of the three, and demonstrates talents that prove she is underutilised in modern cinema.

Pattinson (whose eyes look suspiciously vampirish in the poster for this film) fails to step up and command this film with his performance, and never settles on anything definitive for his character. But he looks the part I suppose.

There's a lushness to the proceedings here that may carry some people along, but anyone expecting Ripley-esque thrills will be sorely disappointed.Hide

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I went along to the lovely Lido Cinema in Auckland to have time bymyself to watch Bel Ami. I was surprised to find that I was the only one in the Cinema!
Not to long into the film a realised why.
At first I was intrigued, and found the error fascinating and was looking forward to what was going to happen, I soon discovered nothing was.
The acting was fine, but the story was going no where and I became incredibly bored.
With 40 minutes to go I decided to leave as I really didn't care what was... More going to happen to the characters.

So it sum it up this film is a let down, Twifans just wait to see R-Pats In Breaking Dawn Part two!


The Press Reviews

29% of critics recommend.
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  • This new Bel Ami has a lot to recommend it, but it never seems as artful or smart as Dangerous Liaisons, the film it most resembles. Full Review

  • [Patterson] successfully seduces three of the most powerful beauties in Paris society despite having no talent, no money and no conversation. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • Robert Pattinson has to do an awful lot of hollow-eyed smouldering in this hammily enunciated French period drama. Full Review

  • A flavorless literary adaptation. Full Review

  • Although this is potentially juicy stuff, it is as dry and tasteless as a shrunken piece of fruit left in the refrigerator far too long. Full Review

  • A good-looking yet curiously tame adaptation that showcases Pattinson's ambition if not his full abilities. Full Review

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