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Quills [DVD] [] [2001] [Region 2]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 2 Europe+ (info)
  • Based on the award-winning play by Doug Wright, this erotic and fantastical drama reconstructs the unknown fate of the Marquis de Sade, the writer and sexual deviant who was imprisoned in Charenton Asylum for the last 10 years of his life. QUILLS is a Gothic period piece from director Philip Kaufman that details the fall of the French Revolution and the subsequent imprisonment of the fallen aristocrat, a notorious free thinker who lived to write with an outstanding creative spirit and provocative sexual appetite. In the film, the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush) befriends the liberal director of the asylum, Abbe Coulmier (Joaquin Phoenix), and both share affections with the asylum laundress, Madeleine (Kate Winslet). Madeleine is a nubile but virginal young woman profoundly attracted to the mental prowess of the clever and wickedly defiant inmate who willingly smuggles his banished texts out of the asylum. But, when Napoleon reads JUSTINE, one of Sade's anonymous texts, he sends in Dr. Royer-Collard (Michael Caine), a cruel and moralistic man, to "cure" the Marquis of his supposed madness. However, the battle between the moralistic doctor and Sade only provokes the prisoner's rebellious spirit, resulting in a horrifying tragedy. QUILLS is a deliriously beautiful film that captures the free spirit of the imagination and the powers of undaunted artistic expression. Geoffrey Rush is a marvel as the profane and ingenious writer, strutting and flourishing about his erotically charged cell with awe-inspiring passion and greatness.
    • Rating - For strong sexual content including dialogue, violence, and language.
  • Credits
    Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Joaquin, Rafael Bottom, Leaf Phoenix, Lief Phoenix, Michael Caine, Maurice, Joseph Micklewhite, Billie Whitelaw, Billy Whitelaw
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Funny, engrossing and unpredictable....Rush gives a towering portrayal of one of the most infamous men in history..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...Geoffrey Rush [plays] Sade as a gleeful voluptuary unfettered by either morality [or] sentimentality....Mr. Kaufman revels in the chaos....Ms. Winslet's shrewdness as an actress has never been better displayed than it is here..."
    New York Times

    "...Rush relishes his role....Winslet captures both the beauty and the spirit of the character..."
    Box Office

    "...[Rush] runs with it. It's a brave, take-no-prisoners performance....Winslet manages to instill nice complexity...as does Phoenix..."
    Hollywood Reporter

    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[T]he film raises strong questions about literary freedom and the suppression of ideas."

    "Kaufman rewards our seduction by sauce and wit with a final act of nightmare farce."

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