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A Grand Affair / Belle du Seigneur (Bilingual)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers , Natalia Vodianova , Glenio Bonder    DVD
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On the brink of WWII, the seductive Solal (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a high-ranking official at the League of Nations, grows obsessed with beautiful Ariane, an aristocrat and wife of his subordinate. When Ariane succumbs to Solal's charms, their passionate affair leads the lovers to a tragic fate.

En 1935-1936, à Genève, le séduisant Solal, qui officie à la Société des Nations, tente d'obtenir les avances de la belle Ariane, aristocrate protestante et épouse de son subalterne Adrien. Celle-ci ne tarde pas à succomber au charme du jeune homme, mais cette relation passionnelle entraînera les deux amants vers une destinée tragique.

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4.0 out of 5 stars From Novel to Screen : successful challenge! Oct. 1 2013
The novel « Belle du Seigneur » by Albert Cohen is a classic and a major masterpiece of French literature. Published in 1968, this 845-page saga, translated into 13 languages with more than 1 million copies sold, has always been said to be unadaptable to the movie screen. Wrapping up 845 pages into 1 hour 44 minutes, feature film looks like a galactic challenge.

1936 in Geneva, this is the backdrop of a love story unfolding upon the warning signs of war and the rise of Nazism. Solal, the head of the Cabinet for the League of Nations, succumbs to the beauty of Ariane, the wife of one of his subordinates. An extreme love story between an early century intellectual and a middle-class conformist young lady.
A native of a Mediterranean country and a Swiss. They are like chalk and cheese, both are culturally bound and struggling to understand each other.

This is the story of a man and a woman facing the fierceness of love at a time when the good standards of behaviour were still shadowy. With their most inner self, they will see it through to their own soul and body loss, death, proving, that how destructive Love may be, it is still Love.

A book about controversial, violent, hopeless, and magnificent love, similar to the Song of Songs for some and terrible for others who only see in Solal a selfish, pervert and manipulative monster, unable to love.
But from falling in love to out of love, love is all about. About this common and sometimes absolute quest A. Cohen wrote those beautiful and perfect pages to give a sensual, erotic and terribly amorous chemistry-magic, the passion of a lunar love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars JRM fan March 15 2014
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I'm a big fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers & I own everything he has done, so I ordered this film to bring my collection up to date. The movie is beautiful...the people are gorgeous...the acting is wonderful, but I didn't like it enough to give it 5 stars. The story just didn't grab my interest. I will watch it again in hopes that I'll like it better the 2nd time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a great movie Dec 14 2013
Most of this film focuses on the narcissistic Solal and overdoses the viewer with non-erotic lovemaking. Yes, we got it the first 50 times, Solal is a narcissist, duh! The background intensely interesting drama of the failure of the League of Nations to prevent or stop the atrocities perpetrated by Germany and Italy is barely developed. This film replicates that failure.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I actually liked it a lot, but.... Feb. 26 2014
By molly
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I am a psychology major so it appealed to me as I analyzed the characters. Also JRM is good in these types of roles; tortured and good looking. The movie itself is slightly quiet, very still and might require more than one viewing. My uncle called it boring, and I suppose the movie is rather tedious. I wouldn't call it a love story, but an abuse story. The settings are beautiful, the music gorgeous, and the rawness of the film startling in some scenes. If it were stills I think the movie would be better appreciated, but as a movie the message should be lost, and the tone is underwhelming. The final scene, while pitiful, makes one happy the story is over.
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