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Sade, based on the Serge Bramly novel of the same title, is an account of how the famous philanthropist and infamous pornographer met, befriended and fell in love with a young woman during his incarceration.

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"Only in excess can one find liberty." Oh, that's right--the Marquis de Sade wasn't just a freaky-deaky sex fiend, he was also a philosopher. And that's the side illuminated in Sade, a marvelously chewy look at an episode from the life of the indecent marquis. In 1794, after the Revolution, Robespierre has imprisoned Sade in a comfortable old nunnery, along with some royalists. Daniel Auteuil's superb performance in the title role brings a lifetime of scandalous living to Sade's face, and he makes the man utterly unapologetic. By the time Sade deflowers a fascinated young woman, the act is more a defiant political statement (for both of them) than a naughty roll in the hay. This is another good one from director Benoît Jacquot (A Single Girl, Seventh Heaven), whose work always manages to be calm but passionate. It certainly tops Quills, another look at the enigma of Sade. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • In French with English subtitles
  • Interview with director Benoit Jacquot

Product Details

  • Actors: Daniel Auteuil, Marianne Denicourt, Jeanne Balibar, Grégoire Colin, Isild Le Besco
  • Directors: Benoit Jacquot
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Wellspring
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0000CDL9B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sade" on IMDb

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dexter Tay on June 15, 2006
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In Sade, the course of events that unfolds takes place predominantly at the Couvent of Picpus - where everything seems to hover over an atmosphere of emptiness and a lack of dramatic twists and turns, albeit an undercurrent of death was in fact persistently pervading the unknown fates of a resigned aristocratic, motley crew.

That the sense of nihilism that pervades the film cannot be overlooked - neither should it be overstated. Sade acts as a form of commentary on the plight of his fellow inmates - a parody of their plight that perhaps shouldn't be taken too seriously. Through bawdy banter, philosophical quips, a play-turned-mime and eventually a sex ritual, Sade provides antidotes to an environment of uncertainty and nihilism into one that is filled with curious alternatives and untrodden by-roads.

The style of director Jacquot is informal to the point the film looks like a documentary rather than an epic narrative on Sade. Nevertheless, the set is gorgeous and tableaux-like, each movement and background carefully nuanced and crafted, the audience partaking as a voyeur in the whole process.

Auteuil's genius in portraying Sade could only be described as sublime - if only it wasn't his on-screen persona that was emanated. The rest of the cast make for an interesting potpourri of individuals; Emilie de Lancris with her insousciant yet inquisitive youthfulness stokes a vivacious coupling with an inveterate Sade, the (mis)matching necessaire of the chevalier and his protector, Vicomte de Lancris with his adulterous affair and world-wearied wife and the opportunistic but stately landlord Coignard and last but not least - the cool allure of Madame Quesnet, Sade's wife.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Kriss on October 23, 2013
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Great movie with some really great actors. I'm really glad I took a chance on it. A few friends recommended it. It was a great buy.
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You need to kinda work at it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FBI on June 28, 2009
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Anything with Daniel Auteil is usually worth watching, great actor as he is. I have been on the lookout for a copy of 'The Elegant Criminal', in which he gives a mesmerising performance, but it seems not to have been released on DVD just yet. Having said that, this film (thankfully) barely touches the surface of the Marquis De Sade's life and 'philosophy', and is a typical French period piece. The only real tension in the story is the growing sexual awareness of the young woman whose family are awaiting execution. There was a tendency in French cinema during this time, which was discussed in the contemporary press, for the main theme of the story to be inevitably revolving around the Directors' desires to get the latest sexy nymph of the French cinema to disrobe (think of Emanuelle Beart skipping around starkers in 'Manon de Source' (not that I'm complaining)). Viewers watching the film in the hope of some brief nudity will not be disappointed, however there is something vaguely voyeuristic about the viewer watching Sade's inculcation of the sexual innocent into the ways of pleasure, so to speak. I suppose this sort of French cinema does not pack the punch it once did, and is rendered positively tame by the standards of today's directors who revel in so-called 'torture-porn' which seems to be all the rage. One can only imagine what a director of the inclinations of Eli Roth and his ilk would do with such material. Still, a beautifully photographed and acted film that brings alive some of the horrors at the time of the Revolution without completely assaulting our senses. Well worth adding to your collection as a fine example of European cinema.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Monikin East on August 26, 2008
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Movie is Ok.. but not what I expected. A little slow at the beginning and with some dialog not translated. A little crude, but then again, that is what the Marquis De Sade was known for.
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