24 May 2012
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Box office sensation Robert Pattinson stars in this adaptation of the classic French novel Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant, a literary powder-keg of its time - a story full of sexual intrigue, scandal and manipulation. Paris, 1880s. Exceptionally handsome, smart, charismatic and resourceful, George Duroy (Pattinson), known to his friends as Bel Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on scandal newspaper La Vie Francaise and soon makes a great success of his new career, ascending the ranks from lowly reporter to chief editor. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt Parisien high society in which he lives: the sleazy colleagues, the wily financiers, and manipulative mistresses. He swiftly learns to become an arch seducer and blackmailer, in a world where love is only a means to end. He will stop at nothing to move into the high echelons of Paris society. Duroy will seduce, manipulate and charm the most powerful and beautiful women of Paris in order to increase his power base. But at what cost to those around him? BEL AMI also stars Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas and is directed by multi-awardwinning UK theatre directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod.