Quills (2000)

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De Sade gets his tongue cut off as punishment for Madeleine's death, and after the ordeal Abbe du Coulmier proclaims that he may never sleep again. The Marquis de Sade later commits suicide by swallowing the cross and choking to death before Colmier finishes the last rites ceremony. This spurs him into an irreparable mental shock. A few months later, Dr. Royer-Collard is giving a tour of the Charenton Asylum to the new Abbe and it is revealed that since Charenton has become the laughing stock of France, the Marquis de Sade's novels are now being published at the asylum to increase it's depleting funds. The former Abbe is seen as a patient in De Sade's former cell, desperately craving pen and parchment. The final scene shows Madeleine's mother sneaking some writing materials into his cell. Colmier begins writing immediately...

Varun Rajiv

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