Quills (2000)

Ending / spoiler

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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

Continuity mistake: In Abbe's dream, when he and Madeleine are making love, the position of their heads changes from being face to face in all the side shots, to side by side (so we can see Madeleine's face) in all the above shots. Madeleine's eyebrows also change, from having a kink in the left side one in several of the frontal shots, and to being smooth in all the side views.

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Marquis de Sade: I didn't create this world of ours. I merely recorded it.

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Trivia: The Marquis de Sade, a promiscuous man and a convicted rapist died of syphilis (a sexually-transmitted disease) in 1814.

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Question: When Maddie leaves Abe's bedroom (after they shared a quick kiss), he rushes back out and calls her. Why does he call her back? If he wanted to say something to her, why not say it when she was in the room?

Answer: Because he apparently had to work the courage up to say whatever it is he wanted to say. He was conflicted in his feelings for Maddie. He's a priest and isn't supposed to 'want' her the way he does. Catholic priests take a vow of chastity and he was trying to deal with his feelings as a man and his vows as a priest.

Shannon Jackson

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