Like Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
, the innate perfection of
Choderlos de Laclos' epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses
makes it essentially impervious to damage, so Josee Dayan's made-for-French-TV production, set during the 1960s, does it no violence at all. The fabulously wealthy Marquise de Merteuil (Catherine Deneuve) presides over her late husband's musical foundation and presents a face of inviolable decency to the French public. But in private, the jaded widow and her one-time lover, the Vicomte de Valmont (Rupert Everett), team up to sexually manipulate innocent victims. Valmont takes a break from breaking hearts to visit his aunt in ...