Venus in fur

Venus in fur

DVD - 2014 | French
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Thomas Novachek is struggling to cast the lead in his theatrical production of the notorious Sacher-Masoch novella of the title. As if on cue, the abrasive and brash Vanda appears at the auditions. With the play already memorised and an unnerving way of completely inhabiting the dominatrix role, Vanda casts an intoxicating spell on Thomas that spirals into a power play beyond the stage.
Publisher: [Helensvale, Queensland] :, Distributed by Pinnacle Films Pty Ltd,, [2014].
Branch Call Number: FILM
Characteristics: 1 DVD (96 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
Region 4, rda

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COURIER3
Oct 22, 2017

Disappointing Roman Polanski film. Sexy, but too many "F" bombs. Only two person cast trying to recall. French captions hard to follow. Did lots of reverse.

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DHahn
Aug 20, 2017

Fine film (a "chamber movie") which especially highlights the work of Emmanuelle Seigner.

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kyc14
Jan 28, 2017

omg! this 2013 film reminded me of "who's afraid of virginia woolf?" (1966, directed by mike nichols). the resemblance of the 2 films lies in the predominantly static "stage" setting, excellent acting & candid dialog. of course the subject matter & all the rest are vastly different between the two. who would imagine after 47 yrs, polanski would decide to make this type of film outside his film domains? i cannot believe that in the new millennium, a stage style film can still (or expected to) appeal to moviegoers!
honestly, like a new millennial (which i am not), i almost didn't have the patience & endurance to finish watching the film at halfway. but then the outstanding performance of the 2 only actors & the intrigue screenplay are captivating & addictive. also, i wanted to see how this film would end. yes, it might seem boring & w/o much "action" at times. but the continual development of relationship between the 2 characters, which in the end even reverses, can induce some deep thoughts especially in the context of unconventional sex habits. in a sense, i think this film finally exposes in detail the inner making of polanski, especially in the kind of troubles he had made in private life.

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cemakela
May 16, 2016

I absolutely love this film, which makes me very uncomfortable, considering the type of man the director is.

kevfarley Jun 09, 2015

A wordy but intense realization of the (kinky-sex) classic novel.

It is both literate and erotic.

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stephagnew
Mar 12, 2015

I couldn't get through this one.

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22950006357453
Feb 18, 2015

boring ; 2 people staticly yakking for 1 1/2 hours

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hammer59
Jan 15, 2015

Hail Polanski!

Complex and edgy chess game between a writer/director and an auditioning actress.

because (or in spite of) the play is based on the kinkier side of the sexual spectrum....the chess game devolves into one of cat & mouse. Sounds rather dull..but the actors pull this off with some outstanding acting. Fans of quirky French film might enjoy this one.

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imagenel
Nov 18, 2014

50 Shades of...entertainment for real adults. Smart, sharp and occasionally very funny. Polanski (now 80) is at the top of his game by adapting a play that is based on a 1874 novella by Sacher-Masoch (where the word masochism is from just like sadism is from Marquis de Sade). With two actors who seamlessly drift in and out of characters (and into each other's character) and dialogues full of insight/surprises/reversals, the film captivates you all the way to the rousing and menacing end.

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