Mr. Devereaux is a powerful man. A man who handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger. A man who dreamed of saving the world and who cannot save himself. A terrified man. A lost man.
Abel Ferrara’s take on the sexual assault case surrounding the former head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was surrounded by controversy before it was even released in cinemas. Despite using fictional names, the film is undoubtedly about the scandal surrounding Strauss-Kahn, and there’s been threats that the filmmakers would be sued for slander. It’s easy to see why when you watch the film, which doesn’t paint a pretty picture of Strauss-Kahn (or Devereaux as he is known in the film), as it takes no liberties in portraying the sexually depraved lifestyle led by a man who thought himself untouchable.
Gerard Depardieu portrays Devereaux, a hulking colossus of a man, and is excellent in both the early, uncomfortable to watch sex scenes, and the later scenes after his arrest. Depardieu is a fine actor, and he throws himself willingly into playing such an unsympathetic role. The best scenes in the film come later on, when his long suffering wife, Simone is introduced, and the scenes between Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset are an excellent portrayal of a marriage that should have ended years ago being ripped apart.
It’s an uncomfortable watch at times, and it’s possibly a little close to the actual events for some people, but Ferrara’s uncompromising style make this a fascinating watch nonetheless.
Directed By: Abel Ferrara
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Marie Moute, Drena De Niro, Paul Calderon and Ronald Guttman