It is not my mode of thought that has caused my misfortunes, but the mode of thought of others. – Marquis de Sade
Quills is the modern adaptation of the life of Marquis de Sade, a French aristocrat known for his steamy writings that deeply counteract the Catholic Church’s ideals. I like how the director explores the nature of each character (especially the character of Abbe du Coulmier, played by Joaquin Phoenix). The literary element of frisson (“shudder”) is present all through out. I really put a high premium on movies that are character-based, as I believe these are the kinds of movies that bring out catharsis for most viewers.
And you should watch it so that you can “experience” the frisson I’m talking about. It is witty, devastating, assertive, direct, obnoxious, overwhelming, driven and wonderful!
Note: please don’t be a bigot.
PS. I love Geoffrey Rush. He is definitely perfect for this role.