"Power play, domination and submission is a contradictory thing. Sacher-Masoch described it with genius, Ives and Polanski captured it with brio. By persuading Wanda of being her slave at all cost, Severin, in reality, forces her into servicing his fantasy. Becoming the Mistress makes her the slave of her submissive." - Mr Dictator
La Vénus à la fourrure is a 2013 French drama film directed by Roman Polanski, based on the play of the same name by American playwright David Ives, which itself was inspired by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's novel Venus in Furs (German: Venus im Pelz).
Thomas is a writer-director of a new play, an adaptation of the 1870 novel Venus in Furs by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Alone in a Parisian theatre after a day of auditioning actresses for the lead character, Wanda von Dunayev, Thomas laments on the phone of the poor performances to come through. As he is preparing to leave the theatre, an actress named Vanda arrives disheveled. In a whirlwind of energy and unrestrained aggression, Vanda persuades the director to let her read for the part. To Thomas's amazement, Vanda shows great understanding of the character and knows every line by heart. As the audition progresses, the intensity is redoubled and the attraction of Thomas turns into obsession. [based on Wikipedia]