Venus in Fur

Welcome to Roman Polanskis hall of mirrors. David Ive's play Venus in Fur is a two-hander, set in a theatre, about a director auditioning an actress for a play based on a novel  a tricksy, teasing story about dominance and submission. As if that wasn't heady enough, Roman Polanski muddies the waters further. Not only does his film Venus in Fur stand on such sandy foundations, but he's cast his own wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, as the actress, Vanda. His choice of Mathieu Amalric as the fledgling director, Thomas, with his dark hair flopped diagonally over his face and his jacket worn over t-shirt, surely nods towards a younger version of Polanski himself. Like a snowball gathering new meanings through its different incarnations, Polanski's multi-layered version has one foot in the real world and one in the world of play-acting, art and literature. Both funny and strangely sensual, it begins with the air of a throwaway screwball comedy and ends up more weird and biting, as the actors move fluidly between various states, shedding one skin while assuming another, Polanski makes this subversive parlour game matter.  Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Year: 2013
Genre: Drama, French Cinema, Alice's Playhouse, Film Festivals 2014
Country: France, Poland
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
Duration: 92 Minutes
Rating: R16 - Contains violence and sexual themes.
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Alice's Playhouse



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