Sade (2000)

Sade (2000)



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Daniel Auteuil stars as the infamous Marquis de Sade, who at the beginning of Sade, is serving a sentence in Paris' grim Saint Lazarde prison. The year is 1794, and Sade is being persecuted for his steadfast atheism, which runs counter to the beliefs of Robespierre, France's terrifying revolutionary leader. The Marquis is granted something of a reprieve when he is transferred -- courtesy of his mistress Sensible (Marianne Denicourt) -- to Picpus, a former convent that now serves as the equivalent of a luxury prison. Although Picpus is not without its own guillotine and mass grave, Sade is more concerned with the blossoming Emilie (Isild Le Besco). Meanwhile, Sensible, who has a son who calls Sade "Papa," is forced to share the bed of her own protector, Fournier (Gregoire Colin), a moody lout who hates Sade and works for none other than Robespierre.
Art House & International , Drama
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Empire Pictures


Daniel Auteuil
as Marquis de Sade
Isild Le Besco
as Emilie de Lancris
Jeanne Balibar
as Madame Santero
Jalil Lespert
as Augustin
Gregoire Colin
as Fournier
Jean-Pierre Cassel
as Viscount de Lancris
Vincent Branchet
as Chevalier de Coublier
Raymond Gerome
as President de Maussane
Dominique Reymond
as Madame de Lancris
Sylvie Testud
as Renee de Sade
Frederique Tirmont
as Madame d'Amblet
Daniel Martin
as Monsieur Santero
Monique Couturier
as Duchess Villars-Brancas
Scali Delpeyrat
as Robespierre
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Critic Reviews for Sade

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13)

Sade is Quills without the hyperbole and melodrama.

Full Review… | March 6, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

In Auteil's less dramatic but equally incisive performance, he's a charismatic charmer likely to seduce and conquer.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Miami Herald
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It's a rosy coming-of-age romp that refuses to see the horror even in the severed heads from the guillotine.

August 30, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

This Sade is hardly a perverse, dangerous libertine and agitator -- which would have made for better drama. He's just a sad aristocrat in tattered finery, and the film seems as deflated as he does.

August 29, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

If you're looking for a smart, nuanced look at de Sade and what might have happened at Picpus, Sade is your film.

Full Review… | August 9, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Lacks dramatic punch and depth.

June 7, 2002
Washington Post
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