Bel Ami (2012 film)
|Directed by||Declan Donnellan
|Produced by||Uberto Pasolini|
|Screenplay by||Rachel Bennette|
|Based on||Bel Ami
by Guy de Maupassant
Kristin Scott Thomas
|Music by||Lakshman Joseph De Saram
|Editing by||Gavin Buckley
|Distributed by||Optimum Releasing
Magnolia Pictures (USA theatrical)
Stage 6 Films (USA all media)
|Running time||92 minutes|
Bel Ami is a 2012 drama film starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney. The film is directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod and is based on the 1885 French novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant.
The film had its world premiere out of competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on 17 February 2012, and was released theatrically on 8 June 2012 by Magnolia Pictures. The film was budgeted at €9 million.
- Robert Pattinson as Georges Duroy
- Uma Thurman as Madeleine Forestier
- Kristin Scott Thomas as Virginie Rousset
- Christina Ricci as Clotilde de Marelle
- Colm Meaney as Monsieur Rousset
- Holliday Grainger as Suzanne
Hagen Bogdanski directed the principal photography which began in early February 2010 in London and Budapest. Simon Fuller who helped fund the film also served as an executive producer.
The film stars Robert Pattinson as Georges Duroy (Pattinson describes Duroy as being "completely amoral"), Uma Thurman as Madeleine Forestier, Duroy's secret love interest, and later wife, Kristin Scott Thomas as Madame Rousset, whose lover Duroy becomes to further his interests, Christina Ricci as Clotilde de Marelle, who even though married genuinely loves Duroy, and Colm Meaney as Rousset.
Bel Ami has received negative reviews from critics, where it currently holds a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 85 reviews with the consensus stating: "Bel Ami contains some soapy pleasures but it overall rushes through the narrative and suffers from a vague central performance by Robert Pattinson."
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