Venus in Fur

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 10/14/2014
Studio: IFC/Sundance Selects
Director: Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski, the famed director that has given genre fans classics such as Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion is back with his erotic drama (with a tinge of suspense) Venus in Fur.  Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) is a renowned stage director who has recently adapted the infamous novel Venus in Furs (1870; Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch), a book steeped in sadomasochism and dominance.  After a stressful day full of unsuccessful auditions the director is preparing to head home when Vanda (Emmanualle Seigner) bursts through the theatre doors hours late and soaking wet.

Thomas reluctantly agrees to let Vanda audition and much to his surprise she does great.  The older actress unexpectedly embodies her role, and while she claims to have only breezed through the script she manages to have all of her lines memorized.  Clearly something is off about their current situation, as the two get deeper into the script more about the mysterious woman and her intentions comes to light.  Who is this actress?  How does she know so much about the director?  Why wasn't she on the audition list?

Roman Polanski has created a mesmerizing film, one that pits two lone actors together in a single set for the entire length of the film.  The movie could have easily went South if in the hands of a less than competent director, but Polanski have proven once again that he is a master of his craft.  The execution is perfect and the director did a great job adapting the play, stealing it from the stage and turning it into a very enthralling film.

Interviews with Roman Polanski, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Mathieu Amalric (11:55) - The director discusses working with the actors along, the inspirations behind the film, and the topic of creating a film that only features two actors.  Emmanuelle and Mathieu discuss working with Polanski and the inspiration behind their characters.

Trailer (01:43)

Fans of Polanski's work; you will not be let down.  The director accomplishes more with two single actors than a lot of auteurs manage to do with an entire cast.  While I'd have much preferred a blu-ray of the director's latest film, IFC's disc is adequate presenting the film with a nice interview featurette and trailer.  A definite recommendation.

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