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Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Movie Review

This is one of those movies where if you ignore the story, you will lose yourself. You won't know what happened if you take your eyes off it for a few seconds.

Dangerous Liaisons is a confusing story packed with star-studded casts still thriving today despite premiering more than 20 years ago.

Plot Overview

Dangerous Liaisons happened around the pre-Revolution era in Paris, France. The Marquis de Merteuil plans to take revenge on her former lover because of her damaged pride. She devises a plan to seduce his young virgin fiancee, Cecile de Volanges, who spent most of her years in a convent.

Merteuil contacts her other ex-lover, Vicomte de Valmont to seduce Cecile de Volanges. He refuses, insisting that he is seducing a parliamentary member's wife, Madame de Tourvel. Merteuil offered that if he succeeds with his intention and seduces his target, she will sleep with him. Since Valmont is always open to a challenge, he accepts her offer.

Despite persistent attempts by Valmont, Tourvel rebuffs them all. He coerces another plan by instructing his servant to seduce her maid and gain access to her private correspondence. Meanwhile, Valmont intercepts a letter from Madame de Volanges saying he cannot be trusted. He starts to seduce her daughter Cecile as revenge.

Meanwhile, Cecile meets Raphael Danceny, who becomes her music teacher. They fell in love because of the intervention of Merteuil. Things get a little messier when Valmont begins to insert himself into Cecile's life.


It's hard to gauge Dangerous Liaisons. It's a hit-or-miss film, and for me, there are a lot of misses. The story is all over the place, and following a particular character is pretty confusing because there are a lot of plotlines. What I like about this film is the dynamic and chemistry between the star-studded cast. The movie felt like all of them hated or loved each other.

Dangerous Liaisons features award-winning talents like Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reaves, and many more. It's a spectacle watching these actors play their non-traditional roles.

This movie is not for everyone, not just because of its confusing plot but also because of its hard-to-watch sexual scenes.

An average of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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