Aroview: A sophisticated ‘bodice-ripper’ that details the twilight years of the Marquis De Sade in suitably heightened style, with Geoffrey Rush in his element as the impudent writer of erotic fiction in late 1700s France.
Fnding a way to distribute his illicit manuscripts from the imposed confinement of the church, he manipulates a naïve clergyman (Joaquin Phoenix) to fend off the indignant establishment (Michael Caine). Enjoyable as a baroque romp, but more rewarding as a literate treatise on issues of free speech and liberty, and the social 'responsibility' of artists.
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