Robert Pattinson hones the mournful pout of his vampire from the Twilight saga in Bel Ami, based on the 19th century novel by Guy de Maupassant.
Georges Duroy (Pattinson) harks from lowly stock and arrives in 1890s Paris with barely two francs to rub together.
He is taken under the wing of friend Charles Forestier, who lands the ambitious upstart a position on a newspaper and introduces him to the elegant drawing rooms where his wife Madeleine (Uma Thurman) and friends Virginie Walter (Kristin Scott Thomas) and Clotilde de Marelle (Christina Ricci) hold court.
Dressed in a jacket paid for out of Charles’ deep pockets, Georges surmises that if he is to gain a foothold in polite society, he must seduce these women and exploit their influence.
So he hops from one bed to the next, securing opulent lodgings as his underhand scheme reaps rewards. However, playing with emotions is a perilous business and on more than one occasion, he dismisses one lover in the nick of time before his next ‘appointment’.
Matters are complicated when Madame Walter’s daughter Suzanne makes it clear she would like to be plucked by Georges too. Eventually, the whole sordid truth must come out.
Bel Ami is showing at the Odeon Kettering today at 3.45pm, 6.15pm and 8.45pm.