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The Burnt Or­ange Heresy

15, 99mins. Just opened

Art fraud, mur­der and high so­ci­ety col­lide in this thriller adap­ta­tion of Charles Wille­ford’s 1971 book. The film fea­tures classy lead per­for­mances from stars-of-the-mo­ment Claes Bang and El­iz­a­beth De­bicki.

But the real joy is Mick Jag­ger in his first ma­jor non-cameo role in nearly 20 years, as the mis­chievous mil­lion­aire art col­lec­tor who is the story’s cat­a­lyst.

Bang (who played the Count in the re­cent TV adap­ta­tion of Dracula) stars as art critic James Figueras, a rather pompous fig­ure who we first see giv­ing a lec­ture to mu­seum tourists in Mi­lan. It is there he meets the mys­te­ri­ous Berenice (De­bicki) who falls for his charms.

She joins him to visit art col­lec­tor Joseph Cas­sidy ( Jag­ger), who re­veals he is let­ting reclu­sive pain­ter Jerome Deb­ney (Don­ald Suther­land) stay at a small house on his es­tate – and wants James to pinch one of his paint­ings.

But all is not as it seems. The body of art­work is sub­stan­tially less than it ap­pears, and prompts James to head down a path that in­cludes fraud, ar­son and much, much worse. Bang is suit­ably slip­pery and de­vi­ous as the cad­dish art critic and El­iz­a­beth De­bicki is per­fect as enig­matic Berenice.

But the film’s real rev­e­la­tion is the supremely charm­ing, play­fully ma­nip­u­la­tive art dealer, who seems to be pulling all the strings.

It is great to see Jag­ger’s moves, back on the big screen, in a proper role.

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