Film, Comedy

Time Out says

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.


Release details

100 mins

Cast and crew

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