For a long time, I couldn’t force myself to watch this movie, expecting it to be too intricate and attention-demanding. Oh boy, how I was wrong. Quills is a beautifully directed 2000 movie starring phenomenal Geoffrey Rush as The Marquis de Sade, a very creative writer obsessed with sexual intercourse, love, pain and other interesting things that make life worth living. First of all this is one of those movie made with enormous dedication and attention to details, and not to mention passion. All the actors did their best, even the actors playing the inhabitants of the asylum went to a real psychiatrist to diagnose them with their respective illnesses. It is like reading a poetry this movie, a very perverse poetry which lets us know that what we deem perverted and sick has been with us since the beginning of the human kind and is an integral part of our species. But I digress, lets get back to this masterpiece with realistic sets and props, taking us back through time and making sure that this movie gets a perfect ten.

This is a story about Marquis de Sade, a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer, perhaps best known for his erotic and almost perverse stories promoting complete and unrestrained sexual freedom. Of course one of the organizations that found this offensive was catholic church (of all people), that he particularly hated. Most of his life he spent in insane asylums and we find him in one of them as this movie begins. Incarcerated, but only physically, Marquis is mentally free to explore the wild and exotic world of written word with his quills. A young maid is helping him deliver his work from the asylum to the masses, smuggling it in dirty sheets. But soon, their arrangement will be interrupted as the new doctor arrives to try to cage and restrain Marquis and will he succeed is up to you to find out…

Director: Philip Kaufman

Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine, Patrick Malahide

Fun Facts: Geoffrey Rush directed the play that the asylum residents put on.


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