Venus in Fur
First screened in December 2014
Director: Roman Polanski. Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric. Screenplay: Roman Polanski and David Ives (based on the play by David Ives, which interpolated elements of the novel Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher Masoch). Twitter Capsule:
Defiantly ripe yet elegant-enough transfer of play with a lot up its sleeve, or down its leather boot. Desplat scores.
Not every idea is equally fresh; whole project operates under formal and even thematic constraints. But they're frequently overcome, more than in other recent Polanski. Argument disguised as titillation.