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Dangerous Liaisons Movie Review Summary

Actors: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves

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Set in 18th century France, this film centers on the twisted friendship of the Marquise de Merteuil (Close) and the Vicomte de Valmont (Malkovich). Both are ruthless people - wealthy, bored and full of lust - and used to be lovers. The focal point of the movie is a bet between the two. If Valmont can seduce the virtuous and happily married Madame de Tourvel (Pfeiffer), the Marquise will grant him a night of love, something they haven't shared for some time. What neither of them predicts is that Valmont will fall in love with Madame de Tourvel. When he does (much to his chagrin), it riles the jealousy of the Marquise, who secretly feels more for him than for any other man; what particularly pains her is that she doesn't have what Valmont loves in Madame de Tourvel candor, sincerity, and greater freshness of beauty. What follows is a deadly series of betrayals and deceptions, so that by the end, everyone has lost.

Glenn and Malkovich are superb. Their performances are subtle, so that all the changes that come over them and all the inner struggles they experience show up in nuances of facial expressions and gestures. They make the movie riveting.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!)    -   dating someone for bet/gag

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex under blankets Is this movie based on a    -   book

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