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Bel Ami

Robert Pattinson in Bel Ami

Bel Ami

cast: Robert Pattinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci

year: 2012

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod

runtime: 102

Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson stars as a 19th century Parisian social climber who sleeps his way to the top in Bel Ami. Trading in his brooding vampire for the role of an ambitious bon vivant, Pattinson's character Georges Duroy seduces the most powerful women in the French capital, played by Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas.


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.


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