Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an honorable woman. If he wins, he can have his lover to do as he will. However, in the process of seducing the married woman, Valmont falls in love. Based on the same novel as “Dangerous Liaisons.”
Plot Keywords: bet / baroque / france / corruption / widow
Taglines: As unpredictable as love itself.
Certificate: Argentina:16 | Brazil:16 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-14 | France:Tous publics | Iceland:L | New Zealand:M | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Sweden:7 | United Kingdom:15 | United Kingdom:12 (DVD) | United States:R | West Germany:16
Cast: Colin Firth , Annette Bening , Meg Tilly , Fairuza Balk , Siân Phillips , Jeffrey Jones , Henry Thomas , Fabia Drake , T.P. McKenna , Isla Blair , Ian McNeice , Aleta Mitchell , Ronald Lacey , Vincent Schiavelli , Sandrine Dumas , Sébastien Floche , Anthony Carrick , Murray Gronwall , Alain Frérot , Daniel Laloux , Christian Bouillette , John Arnold , Nils Tavernier , Yvette Petit , Richard De Burnchurch , Jose Licenziato , Ivan Palec , Alexis Desseaux , Eric Moreau
Company: Renn Productions
Country: France , United Kingdom
Released Date: 17 Nov 1989 (USA)
Film Location: Meaux, Seine-et-Marne, France
Runtime: 137 min
Soundmix: 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio: 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints)
gbheron » Valmont is a very entertaining romance set in the upper classes of 17th century France. Valmont, the title character, is a rogue and womanizer. He is very likable, but has a terrible flaw; he can't love, and that is his ultimate undoing.
Milos Forman and his crew expertly recreate the world of baroque France. The actors are excellent especially Colin Firth as Valmont. The pacing is lively, as Valmont's world unravels, or at least gets away from him. Lots could be written on the psychology of Valmont, and its relationship to that of the modern Western man. And the movie works on that intellectual level, but it also works as a period-piece costume romance. I recommend it.
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