Archive of films Quills / Quills

United Kingdom / Germany
2000, 119 min

Section: Tribute to Geoffrey Rush
Year: 2022

A drama with an all-star cast portraying the last years of the perverse aristocrat, the Marquis de Sade, dominated by a riveting performance from Geoffrey Rush as the eccentric, obsessive, and yet likeable author, to whom writing means everything. When the Marquis manages to get his scandalous texts out of the insane asylum and on to a publisher, the state summons the cruel psychiatrist Royer-Collard to silence him for good.


A riveting, opulently decadent period drama that tells the story of the famous and perverse aristocrat, the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush). After being accused of sadism and incendiary sexual practices, the eccentric graphomaniac is imprisoned at the Charenton insane asylum where, thanks to the enlightened Abbé de Coulmier, he is allowed to vent his desires on paper. The beautiful and astute laundress Madeleine becomes an intermediary between the prison and the publisher, thus the Marquis’s manuscripts see the light of day; they also come to the attention of Napoleon himself, who intends to silence the obsessive writer for good: the psychiatrist Royer-Collard is summoned to Charenton and his cruel remedial methods have dire consequences, not only for the Marquis. 

Natalia Kozáková

About the director

Philip Kaufman

Philip Kaufman (1936, Chicago). Selected filmography: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Right Stuff (1983), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Henry and June (1990), Quills (2000).

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Tribute to Geoffrey Rush
Director: Philip Kaufman
Screenplay: Doug Wright
Dir. of Photography: Rogier Stoffers
Music: Stephen Warbeck
Editor: Peter Boyle
Art Director: Steven Lawrence
Producer: Julia Chasman, Peter Kaufman, Nick Wechsler
Production: Industry Entertainment
Coproduction: Walrus & Associates
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Malahide


Geoffrey Rush



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