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.
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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.
The review of this Movie prepared by Esther