Sade (2000)

Daniel Auteuil stars as the infamous Marquis de Sade, who at the beginning of Sade, is serving a sentence in Paris' grim Saint Lazarde prison. The year is 1794, and Sade is being persecuted for his steadfast atheism, which runs counter… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 2000
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
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Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News

Sade is Quills without the hyperbole and melodrama.

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

This Sade is hardly a perverse, dangerous libertine and agitator -- which would have made for better drama. He's just a sad aristocrat in tattered finery, and the film seems as deflated as he does.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A] treacherously seductive and highly disturbing film...

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

In Auteil's less dramatic but equally incisive performance, he's a charismatic charmer likely to seduce and conquer.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

If you're looking for a smart, nuanced look at de Sade and what might have happened at Picpus, Sade is your film.

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Rich Cline
Film Threat

A fiercely clever and subtle film, capturing the precarious balance between the extravagant confidence of the exiled aristocracy and the cruel earnestness of the victorious revolutionaries.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It's a rosy coming-of-age romp that refuses to see the horror even in the severed heads from the guillotine.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Lacks dramatic punch and depth.

Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This time out, [Sade] is an unsettlingly familiar figure -- in turns loyal and deceitful, responsible and reckless, idealistically selfless and coldly self-interested.

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