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Here French actress Emmanuelle Seigner takes over the role of Vanda, a tardy, gum-smacking actress who arrives on a stormy night for an audition with a director (Mathieu Amalric) at a Paris theater for a production called "Venus in Fur"."Venus in Fur" is a movie-within-a-play based on a play-within-a-play, which itself is based on a novel-within-a-novel.Polanski had stayed largely faithful to the play, but has translated it to French, substituted his wife (Seigner) for Vanda, cast Amalric as a younger doppelganger for himself and added a terrific, carnival-esque score by Alexander Desplat.It often feels that the offstage director – the 80 year-old Polanski – is having the most fun, commenting on the director-actress relationship and his own helplessness before such goddesses.
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