New Movie: Bel Ami

Robert Pattinson is best known for his portrayal of the sparkly vamp Edward, he has done some other movies that were rather well received I believe but I have to admit I have only seen him as Edward.

His best known character was much older than he looked, and in his latest role he plays a journalist in the period piece Bel Ami based on the French novel of the same name. The book was first published in 1885 and was written by Guy de Maupassant.

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The film premiered in February 2012 at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, and will be released in cinemas on May 24.

Set in Paris in the 1880’s this film resonates with character, from the costume design to the sets and the bearing of the actors. It is a film I would seriously consider watching just for those elements.

The talent assembled in this cast is another big drawcard for me, alongside Robert Pattinson are the likes of Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci. Ricci is a personal favourite of mine, she is absolutely gorgeous and pulls off the vulnerable look well enough to break my heart almost every time. Thurman is one I identify more with her Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction roles, which were very different to the high society lady of the 1880’s she plays in Bel Ami.

Pattinson plays George Duroy, a journalist in Paris who aspires to high society inclusion. He soon discovers the corruption in said society and doesn’t let that dissuade him. He sets about getting there, by any means necessary. Seduction, blackmail and manipulation are skills he hones to his advantage and uses to get what he wants.

Stuffed with sex, scandal and seduction this period piece looks intriguing and entertaining, I will be keeping an eye out for it.

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