Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix, Kate Winslet and Michael Caine.
By: Philip Kaufman
speaking? Yes, what you've heard is true. Quills is about the Marquis
Donatien de Sade. Come on buck up! A little S&M never hurt anyone...well,
anyone who wanted to play rough that is.
This is one hell of a film folks.
Geoffrey Rush is simply magnetic as Marquis de Sade. He gives the ancient villain
of real life real soul. Each time he utters a line, spews a perverse verse or
spittles a seedy sound,it's like you are there, back in 1799 with the master of
maniacal ménage-a-trois. Rush's de Sade is so well done in fact, one is almost
charmed by the lord of lecherous lust.
Yes, de Sade wrote the most infamous
porn ever quilled to parchment - but more than that, he was a tad whacked. He
actually enjoyed a good nipple twisting followed by perhaps a blunt knife's
slice or two into the genitals. For him it was just to compliment his evening's
wine really. Red, I think. I know it's definitely white wine with whips.
goes..de Sade has been imprisoned in a sanitarium, rather then an actual prison
befriends his chambermaid, Madeliene (Kate " Don't even whisper Titanic
or I'll deck you, okay" Winslet). She's an avid reader of his yarns of yearnings,
his tales of torture, his bedtime bawdies. So she assists him in smuggling his
writings to an underground publisher.
Meanwhile the Dudley DoRight Abbey
(Joaquin " I'm getting better looking with each role, no?" Phoenix)
in charge of the place also takes a shine to Marquis. This Abbey's hell-bent on
reforming the perverse Parisian and saving his demented soul. He also gives de
Sade many special amenities, even though he is well aware of the Count's notorious
reputation. Is the dear Abbey maybe weakening to the quill scratchings himself?
Quills has better laughs than some of the registered comedies I have seen
of late. As de Sade , Rush had these lyrical one-liners that would make Dennis
Miller giggle and take notes.
As the goody-two-shoes priest it is mega-talent
Joaquin Phoenix's eyes that draw one in to this intensely
intensified performance. His work is always just purrfection and I'd wouldn't
mind deAbbeyfying him - if you know what I mean...
borrows from the myth of a less vile de Sade for its main character and says
- was de Sade really that sadistic or merely a victim of those colonial thinking
times? You know like the old Dick Van Dyke show with two beds in the master
bedroom...I fell for that till my early twenties.You be the judge since you simply
must see this brilliant movie. Everyone, and every word in Quills is practically
perfection. Enjoy. Oh, and leave your parents at home for this one...not
a family movie kiddies.
Recommendation: Fresh Tongue on Ryan, er, Rye...