Bel Ami is a dramatic film that stars Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman. It was released in 2012. Robert Pattinson plays Georges Duroy, a soldier returning from war to the city of Paris. Georges is extremely poor and has not a dime to his name. He desperately wants to improve his social status and to become wealthy so he heads to Paris. While there, Georges attempts to use wealthy women for his financial gain while appearing to be in love with them.
Georges is assisted in making a name for himself in Paris by his friendship with a wealthy man named Charles. Georges uses Charles as a way to get into high society. He soon meets and becomes entranced with the beautiful Madeleine. Madeleine has no interest in a romantic relationship with Georges. She only seeks to help him get his career off the ground.
Georges then starts sleeping with Clotilde who is a friend of Madeleine's. Clotilde is married but her husband is often away of business. Clotilde uses her extreme wealth to get the couple an apartment solely to carry out their affair in. After awhile, the couple breaks up and Georges then tries again to get with Madeleine.
Madeleine gives Georges a chance and then two end up getting married. Madeleine is busy having affairs of her own and she is also involved in politics. Madeleine hopes to start a revolution against newspapers. This complicates things for Georges because he is working for one of the newspapers and hopes to make a career out of it. Georges is also furious because Madeleine's actions have greatly endangered his chances of becoming wealthy, which still remains his main goal. Georges even starts another affair, this time with a girl named Suzanne. Suzanne's father is one of the heads of another newspaper and the target of Madeline and Georges hopes by sleeping with Suzanne, and breaking her heart, he will enact revenge against her father.