×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Valmont

Milos Forman's meticulously produced Valmont is an extremely well-acted period piece that suffers from stately pacing and lack of dramatic high points.

With:
Colin Firth Annette Bening Meg Tilly Fairuza Balk Sian Phillips Jeffrey Jones

Milos Forman’s meticulously produced Valmont is an extremely well-acted period piece that suffers from stately pacing and lack of dramatic high points.

Plot of Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel is quite familiar due to Stephen Frears’ 1988 hit film, Dangerous Liaisons, from Christopher Hampton’s 1987 play. Forman has met the challenge of breathing new life into the material, but key plot twists and revelations are robbed of their novelty.

Basic story revolves around a bet by two 18th-century French aristocrats, Valmont (Colin Firth) and his old flame Marquise de Merteuil (Annette Bening). She wants Valmont to seduce 15-year-old Cecile (Fairuza Balk) to cuckold Cecile’s fiance, Gercourt (Jeffrey Jones), who is Merteuil’s unfaithful lover.

Valmont counters with the bet that he can bed timid married lady Madame de Tourvel (Meg Tilly). If he wins Merteuil must submit to his lust as well.

What keeps the film interesting, if not riveting, is the generally on target casting and resulting topnotch interpretations.

Valmont

France - UK

Production: Renn/Burrill. Director Milos Forman; Producer Paul Rassam, Michael Hausman; Screenplay Jean-Claude Carriere; Camera Miroslav Ondricek; Editor Alan Heim, Nena Danevic; Music Christopher Palmer, John Strauss; Art Director Pierre Guffroy

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 137 MIN.

With: Colin Firth Annette Bening Meg Tilly Fairuza Balk Sian Phillips Jeffrey Jones

More Film

  • Elton John'Lion King' Film Premiere and

    With New 'Lion King' Tune, Elton John May Compete Against Self for Song Oscar

    Elton John is going to face some stiff competition in this year’s Oscars race: Elton John. He’ll have two tunes in competition for the Academy Award for best original song this year. The just announced track listing for the “Lion King” soundtrack reveals he and lyricist Tim Rice did write a new end-titles number for [...]

  • Constance Wu arrives at the Oscars,

    Constance Wu to Star in 'Goodbye, Vitamin' Adaptation for Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

    Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to “Goodbye, Vitamin,” the 2017 debut novel from Rachel Khong, with Constance Wu attached to star, sources tell Variety. Dylan Clark will produce for his Universal-based Dylan Clark Productions with Jennifer Yee McDevitt adapting the novel. Wu will also executive produce. “Goodbye, Vitamin” follows Wu’s character, Ruth Young, who [...]

  • Ann Sarnoff BBC

    Warner Bros. Taps BBC Studios Americas Chief Ann Sarnoff as CEO (EXCLUSIVE)

    Warner Bros. has tapped BBC Studios Americas president Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO, a surprise pick that is sure to shakeup the venerable studio. Sarnoff becomes the first woman to head Warner Bros. in its nearly 100-year history. She was under the radar during WarnerMedia’s search for a successor to lead the studio following [...]

  • Christian Gabela

    Gaumont Appoints 'El Chapo' Executive Producer to VP of International Co-Productions

    Gaumont has appointed Christian Gabela, the executive producer of “El Chapo,” as vice president of international TV co-productions. Gabela’s role will be to manage and expand the company’s TV distribution and co-production partnerships in key territories internationally with a focus on Latin America. Gaumont is currently developing the series “El Presidente,” its first Latin American [...]

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    'The Peanut Butter Falcon,' 'For Sama' Win Top Awards at Nantucket Film Festival

    NANTUCKET, Mass. — Adventure drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and Syria documentary “For Sama” emerged as the top winners at the 24th annual Nantucket Film Festival. The festival, which concludes today, as ever put the emphasis on screenwriters and emerging talents. Director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Sundance hit “Brittany Runs a Marathon” had a number of [...]

  • Bill Murray

    Bill Murray to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Wes Anderson at Rome Festival

    The Rome Film Festival will celebrate Bill Murray with its lifetime achievement award, which will be presented to him by Wes Anderson. Anderson, who has directed Murray in some of his most iconic roles, most notably in “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and in several other films such as “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Grand Budapest [...]

  • CLOSE QUARTERS – In Disney and

    'Toy Story 4': 5 Takeaways From Opening Weekend

    Despite arriving below expectations, “Toy Story 4” did huge business this weekend with ticket sales surpassing $118 million in North America. As sequels hailing from beloved franchises continue to flounder at the box office, Disney and Pixar’s cartooned fourquel is a much-needed win for the movie business. It now ranks among the top debuts for [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content