(Miramax -- June 26) Twenty-one years after "Dangerous Liaisons," Michelle Pfeiffer reunites with director Stephen Frears ("The Queen") and Oscar-winning scripter Christopher Hampton for this adaptation of Colette's 1920 novel. Back then, Pfeiffer earned the first of her three Oscar nods for playing the innocent; her other noms came for "The Fabulous Baker Boys" and "Love Field." Now she is the seductress who beds the young son (Rupert Friend) of her courtesan friend (Oscar winner Kathy Bates, "Misery"). Overall, the period piece was a box office blunder, but the Times' Kenneth Turan points out, this is Pfeiffer's "best role in quite some time, underlines not only how much she's been missed but also how much the world of film has lost by her absence."
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