In 1794, while French aristocrats are beheaded daily as part of Robespierre’s ‘Reign of Terror,’ the Marquis de Sade is being held at Saint Lazare prison. Cheerful despite the circumstances, Sade’s lover Marie-Constance Quesnet, whom he calls ‘Sensible,’ manages to get him transferred to Picpus, a former convent. While at Picpus, Sade occupies himself with the sexual awakening of 16-year-old Emilie, whom he grooms as a young protege. Despite his confinement, Sade manages to meet other aristocratic inmates, write and put on a play, practicing his own brand of freedom. –inbaseline
Benoît Jacquot was born in Paris in 1947. He was the assistant to various directors before making his first film, L’Assassin Musicien in 1975. Fifteen films followed, such as Les enfants du placard, Les ailes de la colombe, La Ddsenchantée, La fille seule_, Le septième ciel, Pas de scandale, Sade, Tosca and Adolphe. He has worked with, among others, actors like Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Adjani, Virginie Ledoyen, Fabrice Luchini and Daniel Auteuil. L’école de la chair was selected in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998 and A tout de suite in the Un Certain Regard section in 2004. He has also directed numerous documentaries and features for television, such as Princesse Marie in 2003 with Catherine Deneuve. In the fall of 2004 he directed Werther by Massenet at the Royal Opera in London"s Covent Garden. He is finishing a screenplay based on a novel by Moravia and is preparing… read more
Minimalistic movie on a small part of Sade's life. More raw than Quills but less entertaining and crazy too. Actors are probably better in Quills. Finally Quills has more clichés and feels weirdly american to me (I'm french). Daniel Auteuil is probably closer to the real Sade, when Geoffrey Rush almost creates a new Sade from scratch (which I enjoyed more than the Daniel Auteuil's one).