Venus in Fur
A film by Roman Polanski
Starring Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s groundbreaking novella, Venus in Fur is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski.
Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) complains that no actress he’s seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave.
Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic — and, it turns out, erotic — energy. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared — and a perfect fit. As the extended “audition” builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely.
“Venus in Fur” finds Roman Polanski transferring a New York stage hit to the screen with maximum fidelity and facility, and a minimum of fuss
As always with Polanski, the narrative’s eccentricities are cloaked in an expert veneer of classicism.
— Time Out New York
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- Running Time
- 96 mins