Venus in Fur

Roman Polanski

 

Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric star in this French-language film from Roman Polanski, about an auditioning actress turning the tables on her director. Roman Polanski’s penchant for psychosexual mind games conducted in claustrophobic spaces is deliciously revisited in Venus in Fur (La Venus a la Fourrure), adapted in French and yet mostly faithful to American playwright David Ives’ Broadway hit of the same name. A teasing dialectic of subjugation and power, female objectification and emasculating rebuke, the film should titillate European audiences with its mischievous combination of think and kink, while seducing a more limited niche in the U.S.

 

David Rooney / The Hollywood Reporter

 
 

One of cinema’s pithier recent musings on the connections between film and theatre, and actor-director power relations.

 

Jonathan Romney / Indiewire

 
 

France / Poland 2013. Nordisk Film.

 

La Vénus à la fourrure
Käsikirjoitus/Script: David Ives, Roman Polanski, based on the play by David Ives and the novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch * Kuvaus/DOP: Pawel Edelman * Leikkaus/Editor: Hervé de Luze, Margot Meynier * Pääosissa/Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric * Kopion lähde/DCP Source: Nordisk Film * Kieli/Language: French, German, subtitles in English * Kesto/Duration: 96 min * Ikäraja/Age limit: 12