"Wickedly Funny and Very Sexy." -The New York Times
Academy AwardÂ® winners Geoffrey Rush and Michael Caine join OscarÂ® nominees Kate Winslet and Joaquin Phoenix in this provocative film filled with delicious desire and wicked wit.
Rush gives a tour-de- performance as history's most infamous sexual adventurer, the Marquis de Sade. A nobleman with a literary flair, the Marquis lives in a madhouse where a beautiful laundry maid (Winslet) smuggles his erotic stories to a printer, defying orders from the asylum's resident priest (Phoenix). The titillating passages whip all of France into a sexual frenzy, until a fiercely conservative doctor (Caine) tries to put an end to the fun, inadvertently stoking the excitement to a fever pitch.