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Bel Ami is a 2012 drama film directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod and starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney. The film is based on the 1885 French novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant.[3]

Bel ami
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Directed byDeclan Donnellan
Nick Ormerod
Produced byUberto Pasolini
Screenplay byRachel Bennette
Based onBel Ami
by Guy de Maupassant
StarringRobert Pattinson
Uma Thurman
Kristin Scott Thomas
Christina Ricci
Colm Meaney
Anthony Higgins
Music byLakshman Joseph De Saram
Rachel Portman
CinematographyStefano Falivene
Edited byGavin Buckley
Masahiro Hirakubo
Distributed byOptimum Releasing
Magnolia Pictures (US theatrical)
Stage 6 Films (US all media)
Release date
  • 17 February 2012 (2012-02-17) (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • 9 March 2012 (2012-03-09) (United Kingdom)
  • 8 June 2012 (2012-06-08) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget€9 million[1]
Box office$8,303,261[2]

The film had its world premiere out of competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on 17 February 2012, and was released theatrically on 8 June 2012 by Magnolia Pictures.[4] The film was budgeted at €9 million.[1]


Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson) is a penniless former soldier making a living as an office clerk in 1880s Paris. At a club he meets an old friend, Charles Forestier (Philip Glenister), with whom he spent three years during the war in Algeria. The friend is well off and invites him to his home where he meets Mrs. Madeleine Forestier (Uma Thurman) and her friends Clotilde de Marelle (Christina Ricci) and Virginie Rousset (Kristin Scott Thomas). Mrs. Rousset's husband is an editor of the conservative newspaper La Vie Française and she helps him to get a job there, initially by publishing his diaries from the war in the paper. Gradually his social and financial standing improves, with Duroy using his wit and powers of seduction to charm wealthy women.



Hagen Bogdanski directed the principal photography which began in early February 2010 in London and Budapest.[5][6][7][3][8][9] Simon Fuller who helped fund the film also served as an executive producer.[6][7]


The film stars Robert Pattinson as Georges Duroy (Pattinson describes Duroy as being "completely amoral"[10]), Uma Thurman as Madeleine Forestier, Duroy's secret love interest, and later wife, Kristin Scott Thomas as Madame Rousset, whose lover Duroy becomes to further his interests,[3] Christina Ricci as Clotilde de Marelle, who even though married genuinely loves Duroy, and Colm Meaney as Rousset.[6][11]

Box officeEdit

Bel Ami earned $120,462 through a limited theatrical release by Magnolia Pictures at the United States box office. It was opened at 15 theatres on 8 June 2012 and by the end of its theatrical run on 27 June 2012 it was only playing at 2 theatres. It earned $8,182,799 internationally, thus earning a worldwide total of $8,303,261.[12]


Bel Ami has received negative reviews from critics, where it currently holds a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 88 reviews and an average rating of 4.9 out of 10 with the consensus stating: "Bel Ami contains some soapy pleasures but it overall rushes through the narrative and suffers from a vague central performance by Robert Pattinson."

Mick LaSalle in his review for San Francisco Chronicle said that "What distinguishes Pattinson in the role is the sense he conveys of someone roiling and churning beneath a surface that is almost, but not quite, calm."[13]

However Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "The women are all elegant and intelligent, they know the ways of the world, and they know Georges' history. Why do they find him attractive? We don't, and that failure is the downfall of the film." He singled out Christina Ricci for her performance: "Her character makes the mistake of actually loving Georges. This involves pure acting skill on her part, since Pattinson gives her so little to work with."[14]

Brent Simon of Shared Darkness criticized the film for being "A gassy, self-satisfied adaptation of the 1885 novel of the same name, threadbare Parisian period piece Bel Ami belies the erroneous notion that costume dramas automatically have a higher IQ than their contemporary dramatic brethren."[15]


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  2. ^ "Bel Ami". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  3. ^ a b c Currie, Matt (January 8, 2010). "Christina Ricci Joins Robert Pattinson in BEL AMI". Collider. Retrieved January 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "18 World Premieres in the Competition". 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  5. ^ "Uma Thurman to Costar with Robert Pattinson in Steamy New Film". People. January 11, 2010. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Weintraub, Steve (February 2, 2010). "Casting Complete on BEL AMI - Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci to Star". Collider. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "R Patz Starts Shooting Bel Ami". MTV. February 3, 2010. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
  8. ^ Malkin, Marc (February 5, 2010). "Robert Pattinson: Remember Me Quickie Confirmed!". E!. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
  9. ^ Staff, Hollywood Life (8 June 2011). "Did Robert Pattinson's Upcoming Drama 'Bel Ami' Get An Official US Release Date?". Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  10. ^ >>Horst, Carole (May 19, 2009). "Rob Pattinson to star in 'Bel Ami'". Variety. Retrieved January 11, 2010.
  11. ^ Warren, Scott (March 8, 2010). "Step back in time: Robert Pattinson becomes a French social climber for latest role". Daily Mail. London. Archived from the original on 9 March 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  12. ^ "Bel Ami (2012) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  13. ^ "'Bel Ami' review: Poor boy Pattinson in Paris". Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  14. ^ "BEL AMI". Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Bel Ami". Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.

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