Valmont

1989

Action / Drama / Romance

21
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 7 10 11230

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Fairuza Balk as Cecile
Colin Firth as Valmont
Annette Bening as Merteuil
Henry Thomas as Danceny
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ray akapotasana 5 / 10

The Cuckold of Dangerous Liaisons...

Valmont and Dangerous Liaisons differ so much in story line it makes me wonder which of the two comes closest to the original story. At any rate, I found Valmont, although well made, a bit boring and not something I'll remember for long. Dangerous Liaisons is a true classic with much spectacle. I have seen DL twice. I rate Valmont a 5 and DL a 10.

Reviewed by blanche-2 8 / 10

Stunning version of "Dangerous Liaisons"

"Valmont" is a 1989 film based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos, as well, of course, the better-known film Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich.

Here, Annette Benning is the Merteuil who is stunned to learn that her lover, Gercourt (Jeffrey Jones) is betrothed to the fifteen-year-old virginal Cecile (Fairuza Balk). She makes a bet with her Casanova-like friend Valmont (Colin Firth) that he can seduce Cecile so that on her wedding night, she is not a virgin, thus giving Merteuil revenge against Gercourt. Of course, the best-laid plans and all that - Cecile is in love with her music teacher (Henry Thomas), and Merteuil aids and abets the romance as much as possible. But things become more and more complicated, with Valmont, the eternal playboy, actually falling in love himself. And as the story says, once you fall in love, your power is gone.

This film is far superior to the more famous one. Forman is a fantastic director, and the cast warms up what is basically a cold, calculated story and really makes you care.

Annette Bening is more full-dimensional than Close's Martueil - she's beautiful, smart, and she's so sweet and lies so beautifully one has no idea what she's really like. Firth's Valmont is far more believable than Malkoitch's egomaniacal portrayal.

Henry Thomas is the desperately in love music teacher - it's good casting, but he comes off as too modern. It's a minor point because the entire cast is wonderful, including Fabia Drake as Madame de Rosemond, Sian Philips, Meg Tilly, and Fairuza Balik.

The film is beautiful to look at, sumptuously and carefully produced. It's a sad case of being the second film version out when the first was better marketed with a more American cast. Nevertheless, it's not too late to discover this gem.

Reviewed by fer_abra 6 / 10

Not a bad film, but...

...You feel like you're watching a Bridget Jones movie set in the 18th century. This film feels like a comedy. It's not, and that's the problem. Milos Forman is not going to make a bad film, because he's a damn good director. "Amadeus" is one of my favourite films ever, the period is the same (1780s), and formally is marvellous too, but the material is completely different. This story is wicked and this film just does not capture how wicked, twisted, cruel and depraved the characters really are. They are all lovable and nice, even though they still do wicked things. But the Coyote and Roadrunner do really wicked things to each other and they're funny... Watching this movie and "Dangerous Liaisons" back to back is a textbook example of how the very same material can be explored in very different ways. This is lighter. "Dangerous Liaisons" IMO does more justice to the material and although Uma Thurman is totally unbelievable as a 15 year old virgin, the rest of the cast runs circles around Colin Firth as Valmont (too British), Annete Benning and Meg Tilly. John Malkovich and Glenn Close are just unbeatable in those roles. Henry Thomas is better than Keanu Reeves (period never suited Keanu, did it?). Very watchable film, develops certain aspects better, but overall the story's treatment does not need Jane Austen overtones, but "Silence of the Lambs" ones.

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