Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine
Philip Kaufman (Director), Doug Wright (Screenplay)
Released: Sep. 2nd, 2000
Runtime: 2 hours, 4 minutes
A nobleman with a literary flair, the Marquis de Sade lives in a madhouse where a beautiful laundry maid smuggles his erotic stories to a printer, defying orders from the asylum's resident priest. The titillating passages whip all of France into a sexual frenzy, until a fiercely conservative doctor tries to put an end to the fun.
And there is one character in the film, a fellow inmate of the Marquis named Bouchon, who we do see being influenced by the Marquis' works.
These moments do nothing to detract from the drama at hand, whether it's the antagonism building between Rush and Caine or the sexual tension between Winslet and Phoenix (or Winslet and Rush, or even Rush and Phoenix for that matter).