Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: November 10, 2000

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Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Marianne Denicourt, Jeanne Balibar, Grégoire Colin


In 1794 France, the revolution is at its bloodiest point. With the help of Sade's mistress, Robespierre sends the sex-addicted but brilliant writer, Marquis de Sade (Auteuil) to an insane asylum for aristocrats. There, Sade becomes acquainted with a young virgin Emilie de Lancris.

Sade at first faces the hostility of the other asylum patients, who are aware of his reputation, but because they're all there waiting for their eventual death, they respond in various degrees to his claims for spiritual freedom and take advantage of the joys of the moment that could be the last.

Director: Benoît Jacquot
Studio: Océan Films
Producer(s): Patrick Godeau
Screenplay: Serge Bramly (novel), Jacques Fieschi, Bernard Minoret
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