Dangerous Liaisons (2022)
Matt Roush says...
We’ve barely said goodbye to The Serpent Queen, and here we are again in period costume following the manipulative antics of classically devious characters. Glenn Close and John Malkovich immortalized the roles of the poisonously manipulative Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont in the 1988 film version of the iconic Laclos novel, but how did they get that way? Creator Harriet Warner’s delicious spin, already renewed for a second season, presents the characters as young and not yet entirely corrupted in 1783 Paris. The future Marquise is Camille (Alice Englert), forced into prostitution, and Valmont is known as Pascal (Nicholas Denton), a disinherited aristocrat who supplants his mapmaking income with trysts as a gigolo. One of his clients is the current Marquise Genevieve (the grand Lesley Manville), and when she takes Camille under her wing as part of an elaborate blackmail scheme, the game is on.