site  movies  celebs  music  news  showtimes  user  
Hello, Stranger Login | Sign up
ApunKaChoice » Movies » Bel Ami » Bel Ami Movie Review

Bel Ami movie review

(0 fans)
Add to List
Add to Favourite
Bel Ami

Cast Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas    more...
Director Declan Donnellan

News & Features
Cast & Crew
Fan Club
Trailers & Videos
Message Board
Movie Showtimes
Click on the Like button to get updates about Bel Ami directly on your Facebook page.

The Bel Ami Movie Review

'Bel Ami' - Tale of a misogynistic society
By Satyen K. Bordoloi (IANS)
Rating: 4/5

Bel Ami movie review. Cast: Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott. Directors: Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Rating: ****

It is hard to imagine a time in the western world where the only difference between a slave and a woman was that women were permitted a little more dignity by allowing them to dress up (to serve men) and mingle with them at least in parties.

Perhaps it is not so difficult to imagine women as second class citizens, because the discrimination against women even in the western world - albeit in a different form - continues to date.

And though the prism of feminism is not the obvious way to look at this tale of a man from a lowly background rising up the ladder of a corrupt society with his own corruption, the feminist angle is indeed how the makers want you to look at the film.

Georges (Robert Pattinson), a down on his luck and barely literate but dashing soldier in the 1890s, uses his affairs with society women to rise up in the Parisian society. When on top, however, his male chauvinism kicks in and he tries to control the women in his life, to no avail initially but to disastrous consequences finally.

At the face of it Bel Ami is the story of the corruption of Parisian society. But when you try looking deeper at the causes for the corruption, one that comes up will surprise you. For the film asks you, can a society that does not give women their due, ever be free from rot and corruption.

This rot is embodied in the character of Madeleine played by Uma Thurman. Despite being a brilliant writer and strategist and being better at the affairs of men then most men themselves, she needs the support of men for even just a bit of her talents to be visible.

Thus the nincompoop Georges becomes a perfect vessel to carry her brilliance, something which the entire society knows, but does not acknowledge in the open.

Problems emerge when this man, who alternately uses and is used by women, develops jealousy and a desire to be acknowledged for talents he does not possess. In the process he resorts to every dirty tactics in an already dirty society.

Madeleine thus becomes a metaphor for all the brilliant women throughout history including those now, women who have been pushed and kicked to the ground, their faces forced stuck to the dirty mud by the powerful boots of a patriarchal and misogynist society.

Brilliantly adapted from a novel by Guy de Maupassant, the film does a decent job of condensing 400 odd pages into 100 odd minutes. In doing so, gaps become evident and might seem discordant to many. But if you have a healthy imagination, it will actually accentuate the pleasure.

Lending evidence to the director and writer giving it a feminist tinge are many things. E.g. if George's poverty were shown a bit more closely, we'd have found much more empathy for him. But the makers don't want that. Instead they want you to feel for the women trapped in a man's world and in their stupid games.

Bel Ami packs many moments and scenes rife with poignancy and brilliant dialogues. In one, Madeleine tells Georges in a fit of rage, "You stupid stupid man. You complete and perfect man."

Stupidity indeed, seems to be the only perfection men are capable of.

User Reviews for Bel Ami

Be the first to review Bel Ami on ApunKaChoice.
Login to Write Review

Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Check out Salman Khan's swagger in 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' wallpapers
What's Hot In Movies
Happy New YearBang Bang
KickBombay Samurai
RoyMad About Dance
PKSingh Is Bling
Singham ReturnsKill Dil
Mary KomIts Entertainment
Finding FannyHumpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
KhoobsuratDolly Ki Doli
Raja NatwarlalCreature 3d
Salman KhanShahrukh Khan
Katrina KaifKareena Kapoor
Alia BhattPriyanka Chopra
Aishwarya RaiHrithik Roshan
Surveen ChawlaVarun Dhawan
New Hindi MoviesKatrina Kaif Wallpapers
Bel Ami Reviews 
Movie Review : 'Bel Ami' - Tale of a misogynistic society (4/5)
Bel Ami movie review. Cast: Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott. Directors: Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Rating: **** ...
Bel Ami News and Features 
Hot trailer and pics: Robert Pattinson seduces three ladies in 'Bel Ami'   - ApunKaChoice   - 1361 days ago
Robert Pattinson’s steamy scenes with Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas. This more...

Bel Ami Videos 

Robert Pattinson impressive in Bel Ami trailer

Copyright © ApunKaChoice.com
ApunKaChoice.com : Latest Bollywood News, Bollywood Movies Reviews, Bollywood Wallpapers
privacy policy
Partner Sites : Sports - CricketZone - IndiaExpress.com [ Mobiles Festivals Bikes Cars ] - CardWeaver

photo gallery - new movies - celebs - wallpapers - the celeb A-Z - News & Gossip - Music - Video - Hot Topics
Anushka Sharma - Katrina Kaif - Kareena Kapoor - Priyanka Chopra - Deepika Padukone - Sonakshi Sinha - Aishwarya Rai - Poonam Pandey - Sherlyn Chopra
Salman Khan ( Bigg Boss 6 ) - Shahrukh Khan - Shahid Kapoor - Hrithik Roshan - Aamir Khan - Ranbir Kapoor