- 2 hr 17 min
Set in 18th century France, the movie Valmont follows the story of Vicomte de Valmont (played by Colin Firth) and Marquise de Merteuil (Annette Bening) as they engage in a dangerous game of seduction and manipulation. Valmont is a notorious womanizer who is challenged by the Marquise to seduce the virtuous Madame de Tourvel (Meg Tilly) before a predetermined deadline. If he succeeds, he will be rewarded with a romantic tryst with the Marquise. However, if he fails, he will have to surrender his wealth and dignity to her. Valmont, known for his charm and charisma, accepts the challenge and starts his pursuit of Madame de Tourvel. As he spends more time with her, he finds himself being drawn towards her purity and beauty, and starts to experience emotions that he never thought were possible. Meanwhile, the Marquise continues to manipulate Valmont in her own game of deception, seducing her ex-lover while keeping her eyes firmly fixed on the ultimate prize. As the deadline approaches, Valmont finds himself in a dilemma, torn between his desire for Madame de Tourvel and his obligation to the Marquise. The situation becomes more complicated when he is confronted by his past mistakes, and he realizes that the consequences of his actions will eventually catch up with him. The story is based on the novel 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' by Choderlos de Laclos, and is directed by Milos Forman. The movie features a stellar cast, with Colin Firth delivering an outstanding performance as the charismatic Valmont, Annette Bening as the scheming Marquise and Meg Tilly as the virtuous Madame de Tourvel. The movie is a swirling, tantalizing whirlpool of intrigue and betrayal, with each character playing their part to perfection. The opulent costumes and lavish sets transport the audience to a world of indulgence and decadence, where hedonism meets morality, and passion battles against duty. The movie captures the essence of the French aristocracy during the 18th century, a world where status and wealth were everything, and love was nothing more than a fleeting moment of pleasure. It is a world where women were both objectified and empowered, where men were expected to prove their worth through conquests and where morals were a luxury reserved for the poor. Valmont is not just a movie about seduction and betrayal, it is a movie about the human condition, about the power of love, and about the consequences of one's actions. It is a timeless story that still holds relevance today, and it is a movie that will leave you mesmerized from start to finish.