Les Liaisons dangereuses (miniseries)

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Les Liaisons dangereuses
DVD release cover
Written byPierre Choderlos de Laclos (novel)
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (teleplay)
Directed byJosée Dayan
StarringCatherine Deneuve
Rupert Everett
Nastassja Kinski
Leelee Sobieski
Danielle Darrieux
Andrzej Zulawski
Theme music composerAngelo Badalamenti
Country of originFrance
United Kingdom
Original languageFrench
ProducerRichard Lalonde
CinematographyCaroline Champetier
EditorFred Béraud-Dufour
Running time252 minutes
Original release
ReleaseAugust 25, 2003 (2003-08-25)
Cruel Intentions (US pilot)
Tempted (South Korea)

Les Liaisons dangereuses (English title: Dangerous Liaisons) is a 2003 French television mini-series directed by Josée Dayan starring Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett, Nastassja Kinski and Leelee Sobieski. It is based on the classic 1782 novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.



An updated adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' classic 18th Century tale of seduction, betrayal and revenge set in the modern 1960s world of Parisian high society. The beautiful Madame de Merteuil (Catherine Deneuve) seeks vengeance against her ex-lover Gercourt (Andrzej Zulawski) when he becomes engaged to her young goddaughter, Cécile (Leelee Sobieski). Merteuil turns to her ex-lover/partner-in-crime, Valmont (Rupert Everett), famous for his reputation as a Don Juan, to seduce Cécile and emotionally destroy her. While on his mission, Valmont gets sidetracked when he goes to visit his aunt and falls for Madame Tourvel (Nastassja Kinski), a virtuous, married woman who knows of his womanizing ways, but that only makes the challenge more exciting to Valmont. Together, Madame de Merteuil and Valmont make a dangerous team and they will stop at nothing when it comes to matters of the heart.