Bel Ami (2012)
Critic Consensus: Bel Ami contains some soapy pleasures but it overall rushes through the narrative and suffers from a vague central performance by Robert Pattinson.
Bel Ami is the story of Georges Duroy, who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute's embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession. -- (C) Magnolia
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as Georges Duroy
as Madeleine Forestier
as Clotilde de Marelle
as Virginie Rousset
as Monsieur Rousset
as Rachel the Prostitut...
as Charles Forestier
as Suzanne Rousset
as Francois Laroche
as Comte de Vaudrec
as Paul the Butler
as Police Commissioner
as Chief Cashier
as Laurine de Marelle
as Suzanne Rousset
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Critic Reviews for Bel Ami
The supposedly cunning protagonist registers as a cipher, and the directors' tendency to shoot dialogue scenes in close-up blunts any understanding of the social milieu he's trying to conquer.
The women are all elegant and intelligent, they know the ways of the world, and they know Georges' history. Why do they find him attractive? We don't, and that failure is the downfall of the film.
Pattinson's passion is bloodless, his rakish George Duroy a font of undelivered potential.
Good actors flit in and out of the movie - particularly Kristin Scott Thomas and Colm Meaney - but no one seems able to conquer the essential silliness of it all...
Audience Reviews for Bel Ami
A rushed and insipid soap-opera with lame performances, especially by Robert Pattinson, who is a terrible actor and is completely miscast as an ambitious seducer - unable to show how his character feels and what could possibly draw those refined women to him beside his looks.
I like movies based on this era, but the subject of this movie was senseless to me...
Started off slow, but really was worth sticking with. I am not a fan of period movies in general, but was interested to see Robert Pattinson in something other than Twilight movies. Also quite like Christina Ricci.
This is a really well acted movie. Robert is quite convincing and you do see that all is not smiles as he seems to be on the surface. The women are also well written and convincing. The sex scene with him and Uma is quite brutal in an unexpected way. Actually hard to watch even though nothing is really shown.
Quite a dark little movie.
Bel Ami Quotes
|Clotilde de Marelle:||You're just one of them, after all. Just another selfish, brutal man. Just another thief.|
|Georges Duroy:||Well there is no next life.|
|Georges Duroy:||That's because you've never been poor.|
|Georges Duroy:||I will ruin you..|
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