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Bel Ami
Bel Ami
Actor: Robert Pattinson
R     2012     1hr 42min

Based on Guy de Maupassant's classic novel, this tale of temptation and obsession chronicles Georges Duroy's (Robert Pattinson) rise to power from his meager beginnings as a penniless ex soldier by using the city's most in...  more »

Movie Details

Actor: Robert Pattinson
Creators: Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/07/2012
Release Year: 2012
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Nadine A. (23dollars)
Reviewed on 10/16/2012...
I think the individual performances in Bel Ami are better than the movie as a whole. The narrative is rushed and disjointed, and doesn't flow very well. Georges Duroy is a complex character, played well by Robert Pattinson, but his thought process and reasoning throughout the film is too vague.

The relationship I enjoyed most was the affair with Clotilde. Theirs was a believable love and attraction, and the actors had great onscreen chemistry. I found myself rooting for them to make it by the end. But Clotilde was a devoted mother, and had reasons for staying in her marriage.

Georges' relationship with the Uma Thurman character, Madeleine, lacked this chemistry. I didn't really buy them romantically; and despite it being a marriage of convenience for Georges, it's unclear why Madeleine would've married Georges at all.

And Georges' pursuit of Madame Walter was interesting. Kristin Scott Thomas gave a wonderful performance, they had surprisingly good chemistry as well.

Overall, I'd give Bel Ami 3.5 stars. It's worth a watch for the performances, but the overall story remains an untapped potential.