Love and Friendship

Love and Friendship

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Love and Friendship

Costume comedy from filmmaker Whit Stillman (Last Days of Disco), based on Jane Austen's Lady Susan, starring Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale and Stephen Fry.

Set in the opulent drawing rooms of 18th century English society, Love and Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale), who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark, The Falling) - and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Sevigny), but two particularly handsome suitors complicate her orchestrations.

2016Rating: G93 minsIreland, Netherlands, France, USA
DramaRomanceFestival & Independent
Director:
Whit Stillman ('Damsels in Distress', 'Metropolitan', 'The Last Days of Disco')
Writer:
Whit Stillman
Cast:
Kate BeckinsaleChloë SevignyXavier SamuelMorfydd ClarkEmma GreenwellStephen Fry
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Reviews & comments

Very Amusing

Found this movie to be witty and charming and very in keeping with Austen humour. Kate Beckinsale and the other cast were great and I did love the on screen introductory descriptions of characters

3.0
0

Posh British people are funny

I did enjoy this movie, mainly for the way everyone was so proper! And how Lady Susan was so scandalous! Good for fans of period dramas and Jane Austen.

4.0
0

Fun!

Not everyone will love it, but I did! It was funny, light, entertaining and silly.

4.0
0

Slow start but an enjoyable period comedy

After an initial slow start this period costume drama comedy attracted my attention. Wonderful use of English language, period custome and architecture. A nice change and yet another look at a Jane Austin type story. 3 stars Recommended!!

0

High on Setting-Low on Story

Reviews were great and so too was the setting and period costumes. Story was very weak and the movie just finished. Kate Beckindale was very central to the quality of this uneventful movie. It just was not exciting at all.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

[Stillman] takes the inherent sophistication of Austen’s worldview and introduces just the right note of sly, self-deflating mockery.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Beckinsale and Stillman do their inspiration proud: Finally, a Jane Austen movie that's fresh and deliciously rotten at the same time.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's the Whit Stillman movie that some of us have been waiting a long time for, and also a Jane Austen movie that goes some way toward correcting the record of dull and dutiful cinematic Janeism.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Beckinsale is a hoot to watch as a character with no redeemable qualities, except for her cunning ability to get what she wants.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

This witty black comedy of manners and machinations feels like it has more in common with the works of Oscar Wilde and Wes Anderson than Sense & Sensibility.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

I can't think of a more wickedly modern romantic comedy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Remains buoyant through most of its short running time but lacks the stirring emotional hooks found in the best Austen works, on the page as well as the screen.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The funniest, most deliciously venomous Jane Austen movie ever made...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

[Stillman] takes the inherent sophistication of Austen’s worldview and introduces just the right note of sly, self-deflating mockery.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Beckinsale and Stillman do their inspiration proud: Finally, a Jane Austen movie that's fresh and deliciously rotten at the same time.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's the Whit Stillman movie that some of us have been waiting a long time for, and also a Jane Austen movie that goes some way toward correcting the record of dull and dutiful cinematic Janeism.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Beckinsale is a hoot to watch as a character with no redeemable qualities, except for her cunning ability to get what she wants.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

This witty black comedy of manners and machinations feels like it has more in common with the works of Oscar Wilde and Wes Anderson than Sense & Sensibility.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

I can't think of a more wickedly modern romantic comedy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Remains buoyant through most of its short running time but lacks the stirring emotional hooks found in the best Austen works, on the page as well as the screen.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The funniest, most deliciously venomous Jane Austen movie ever made...

5.0
0

Very Amusing

Found this movie to be witty and charming and very in keeping with Austen humour. Kate Beckinsale and the other cast were great and I did love the on screen introductory descriptions of characters

3.0
0

Posh British people are funny

I did enjoy this movie, mainly for the way everyone was so proper! And how Lady Susan was so scandalous! Good for fans of period dramas and Jane Austen.

4.0
0

Fun!

Not everyone will love it, but I did! It was funny, light, entertaining and silly.

4.0
0

Slow start but an enjoyable period comedy

After an initial slow start this period costume drama comedy attracted my attention. Wonderful use of English language, period custome and architecture. A nice change and yet another look at a Jane Austin type story. 3 stars Recommended!!

0

High on Setting-Low on Story

Reviews were great and so too was the setting and period costumes. Story was very weak and the movie just finished. Kate Beckindale was very central to the quality of this uneventful movie. It just was not exciting at all.

2.0
0