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Venus in Fur

La Vénus à la fourrure

Directed by Roman Polanski
France, Poland, 2013


After a day of auditioning actresses for his play, Thomas finds himself alone in a Parisian theatre with little hope of finding someone to take the lead role and he is preparing to leave when Vanda arrives. Vanda embodies everything that Thomas hates, but he gives her a chance.

Our take

Adapted from a play by David Ives—itself inspired from the novella of the same name—Roman Polanski won his fourth César Award for Best Director for this metafictional period drama. Both smart and playful, a wicked two-hander starring Mathieu Amalric and regular Polanski star Emmanuelle Seigner.

Venus in Fur Directed by Roman Polanski

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2013 | Nominee: Palme d'Or

César Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Director

2014 | 6 nominations including: Best Actress

David di Donatello Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best European Film

Of all Polanski’s latter-day chamber pieces… this is the liveliest: taut, witty and, while very much a male film, nevertheless a sly dismantling of the sexual politics of performance. But it’s weirdly striking just how much Amalric, playing Thomas like a man in a permanent state of advanced little-boy terror, resembles the director in his youth. You can’t help speculating on who, in this particular showbiz household, wears the shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather.
May 31, 2014
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This is Polanski’s most simple and unalloyed film, a joyous two-hander and as near to a comedy as Polanski has ever been – bearing in mind his customary attraction to discomfort, panic and a nagging imminence of the sinister.
May 30, 2014
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[Venus in Fur] is a perverse funhouse of a movie, in which identities get pulverized and sexual power play never ceases: “Dutchman” by way of “Vanya on 42nd Street.” It’s the work of a master dabbling in small pieces rather than epic ones, and putting all touches into perfect place without so much as glancing at his canvas.
May 25, 2013
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