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Although very different from Kaufman's Quills, Jacquot's film also focuses on an aging and incarcerated marquis, this time on the orders of Robespierre, in a country house run like a hotel for the enemies of the Republic. Here, however, the infamous libertine is portrayed as a free thinker and convivial, erudite intellectual. At the climax he deflowers a virgin of noble birth by proxy, and insists he's whipped for it, but that's the only remotely salacious sequence in a reasonably engrossing, well acted if underwhelming drama.

By: TCh

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Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Benoît Jacquot
Screenwriter: Bernard Minoret, Jacques Fieschi
Cast: Vincent Branchet
Philippe Duquesne
Grégoire Colin
Marianne Denicourt
Raymond Gérome
Daniel Auteuil
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Isild Le Besco
Jeanne Balibar
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