Geoffrey Rush is the Marquis de Sade - writer of many pornographic tales and stuck in a mental institution. Kate Winslet is the laundry maid who is fascinated by him and Joaquin Phoenix is the Abbe who is infatuated by her.
Geoffrey Rush is brilliant in this movie as the Marquis de Sade. He should have won the oscar for this role in 2001 instead of Russell Crowe.
This is definitely NOT a movie for anyone under 17 or 18 to watch. Very graphic scenes.
However, the story is great and each actor great as well.