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french films > Bel Ami
Robert Pattinson in Bel Ami
cast: Robert Pattinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci
director: Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod
Bel Ami is based on a Guy de Maupassant novel of the same name and sees Georges, a cavalry officer from poor origins living in a cockroach-infested hovel who trades on his good looks and charm to ingratiate himself with high society.
He meets a newspaper editor and his beautiful wife Madeleine (Thurman), who helps him take a job as a reporter by dictating stories to him about the political situation in Morocco, in which France is seeking to boost its interests.
Meanwhile Georges has taken the wife of a wealthy businessman as a lover (Ricci) but when the editor dies, he marries Madeleine. However he is soon put off by her dominance.
And when his job at the newspaper looks threatened, he beds the publisher's wife (Scott Thomas), winds up a gossip editor and ends up making a fortune with a subsequent marriage.