Robert Pattinson gives his best screen performance to date as notorious scoundrel Georges Duroy in this handsome adaptation of the classic Guy de Maupassant novel. In the Paris of the 1890s, Georges is a penniless, dissolute ex-soldier. Unexpectedly thrust into high society, he quickly discovers that the real power in Paris lies not with the men but with their wives and mistresses. Madeleine (Uma Thurman), Virginie (Kristin Scott Thomas) and Clotilde (Christina Ricci) are all ripe for the picking as this callous seducer and ruthless social-climber relentlessly pursues wealth and status. There is a hint of American Psycho
’s Patrick Bateman in Pattinson’s chilling portrayal of the creepy charmer.
We are delighted that directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod will introduce and take part in a Q&A following the screening on Wednesday 22 February (18.15).