DVD: Bel Ami


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Robert Pattinson stars as a penniless drifter who seduces three society beauties, Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci, in1890s Paris.

Bel Ami is the debut film of two of Britain's most acclaimed stage directors, but their shapeless Guy de Maupassant adaptation is theatrical in all the worst ways, with its poky, cheap-looking sets, and performances which are pitched at the back row of the Upper Circle.