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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"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
"In both style and substance, "Venus in Fur" feels tossed off, a finger exercise to get Polanski warmed up for another project."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"While the extraordinarily talented Polish-born director rarely falters in translating the source's theatrical strengths, his Venus in Fur feels oddly impersonal, lacking the trademark touch of Polanski perversity."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"A grand seduction staged in an intimate space."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
""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
""Revels in deception.""
‑ Rob Humanick, The Berks-Mont News
"The shifting power dynamics -- between the characters and the roles they are playing -- are enthralling."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"Roman Polanski proves his dexterity once again with this dark, mystifying, and anything but simple two-character, single-location film."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"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
"Polanski seems to revel in defeating the limitations imposed by this stagey project, which may be among the most personal of his career -- a movie that laughs at pain and sex and the absurdity of life even as it acknowledges life's terror and wonder."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"As the pair comport themselves between the play's text and their differing interpretation, Polanski ruthlessly makes unsentimental play of their fevered, increasingly furious attraction. Carnage ensues."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"It's witty, perceptive, penetrating, beautifully made, ties in with other Polanski works and feels like one of the filmmaker's most personal films."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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