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2007-12-06

Valmont

I can't imagine a more romantic setting. 17th century aristocratic France. A young innocent 15-year-old girl is taken from a convent to be married to a much older man, only to fall desperately in love with a young, beautiful music teacher.

Well, the setting is perhaps perfect, but if you're in for a session with Milos Forman's Valmont, the 1989 film, based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, you're in for one, big surprise. This is black drama, in it's finest moments. Not being a fan of romantic films, I do have a crush for films you might misinterpret for a romantic thing, but gives you a whole other experience. Valmont is one of these. I watched it many years ago and liked it then but this is just one of these films that not only grow on you, they actually survive the time in which they were created. (And no, having seen the 1988 version Dangerous Liaisons does not count. The same plot, but that is all.)

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