The French aristocrat marquis de Sade once said that “It is only by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.”
The film zooms in on the marquis (played by Geoffrey Rush) during his last years in an insane asylum.
This policy struggle has not been waged according to the marquis of Queensbury rules.
also marquess, c.1300, title of nobility, from Old French marchis, literally "ruler of a border area," from Old French marche "frontier," from Medieval Latin marca "frontier, frontier territory" (see march (n.1)). Originally the ruler of border territories in various European regions (e.g. Italian marchese, Spanish marqués); later a mere title of rank, below duke and above count. Related: Marquisate.