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Rated NR · 95 minutes · 2014
Masochism gets its name from Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch, an Austrian writer and, unsurprisingly, a submissive in a master-slave relationship. His 19th century novella, Venus in Furs, tackles that subject matter; its themes were turned into a play in 2010, which has now come to the screen courtesy of Roman Polanski. This stuff is Polanski’s wheelhouse, and say what you will about him, Polanski can still direct the hell out of a movie. Case in point: Venus in Fur, which casts Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell & the Butterfly) as a theatrical director auditioning actresses until she walks in. She is Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski’s wife, and the director falls under her spell. Amping up the tension is the fact that this is a two-character movie, which is usually an impediment. But Polanski is in rare form here, keeping everything interesting and selling the psychosexual stuff and the comedic notes with equal aplomb.
Director: Roman Polanski
Producer: Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde and Roman Polanski
Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric

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New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Venus in Fur Ken Korman on Roman Polanski’s latest film, a mischievous, tangled battle of the sexes by Ken Korman 07/21/2014
Gambit Review: Venus in Fur Ken Korman on Roman Polanski’s latest film, a mischievous, tangled battle of the sexes by Ken Korman 07/21/2014
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Salt Lake City Weekly Venus in Fur It's such a silly thing, really; it shouldn't matter at all. I mean, when we're considering a film adaptation of David Ives' Venus in Fur, there are so many meaty angles from which to approach it by Scott Renshaw 07/16/2014
Portland Mercury Passing the Audition Polanski's smart, self-effacing Venus in Fur. by Ned Lannamann 07/16/2014

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