Venus in Fur
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like "Carnage," "The Pianist," "Rosemary's Baby" and more, Roman Polanski's latest is a creepy exploration of claustrophobia and perversity that should not be missed."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Never underestimate Roman Polanski."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"What plays out is roller-coaster ride of shifting identity and sexual brinkmanship...Mischievous and sadistic by turns, it becomes a deadly serious battle of the sexes."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, The Australian
"Has Roman Polanski lost his movie mojo?"
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
""Venus in Fur," the disturbing and provocative Roman Polanski film of David Ives' Broadway play, portrays a power struggle between the object of obsession and the eye of the beholder."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
""Venus in Fur" is a stellar achievement."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The haunted-house lighting is a perfect match for the claustrophobic intimacy of this two-hander - and camouflage, perhaps, for the fact that "Venus in Fur" remains more play than film."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Fun, sexy, playful, and edgy, it also features two wonderful performances from Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Mathieu Amalric is perfect as the director's alter ego as a director, but Emmanuelle Seigner's Vanda is truly superb."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Wickedly smart and wickedly playful, Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' Tony-nominated Venus in Fur works on so many levels, it's almost dizzying."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Whether you like it or not, Roman Polanski is a great artist, and even the minor films of his fugitive decades glimmer with the claustrophobia and sardonic bleakness of his greatest work."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
""Venus in Fur" is about the mysterious games men and women play, and Seigner and Amalric are up to it."
‑ Jeff Baker, Oregonian
"Venus In Fur is essentially a weightless skit, a parody of those hoary old archetypes of Man and Woman. But it's also a tribute to Seigner, who seizes the gift of a role that allows her to be sexy, funny and imposing."
‑ Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
"Music by six-time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat should inspire the senses, too, if somehow the moves of Seigner (the real-life Mrs. Polanski) don't do enough for you."
‑ John Urbancich, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
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