Marquise de Merteuil
An aristocratic woman who takes pleasure in seduction and toying with the love of others. Manipulative and prone to jealousy, she plots revenge but becomes a victim of her own game.
Vicomte de Valmont
The Marquise's former lover who shares her enjoyment of games of passion. He falls uncharacteristically in love with Madame de Tourvel before committing an act of betrayal which leads to his downfall.
Cécile de Volanges
Young and naïve, Cécile unknowingly becomes the subject of a plot by the Marquise to exact revenge on her former lover Gercourt, who left the Marquise for Cécile.
Madame de Tourvel
A happily-married and God-fearing woman. She finds herself the unwelcome focus of Valmont's plans of seduction but the pair awaken unexpected feelings in one another.
Introduced to Cécile by the Marquise, he courts Cécile's affections through poetry and letters much to the disappointment of the Marquise who later seduces him for her own lover.
Images by Emma Kauldhar.