Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship

DVD - 2016
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The beautiful widow Susan Vernon has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
Edition: DVD.
Branch Call Number: DRAMA 791.4365 LOVE
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Love and friendship

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jacinthabrown
Dec 01, 2017

Jane Austen fans may relish this period piece, adapted from her less known novel, however others may find it a soul-less snore fest. Banter that lacked wit, lovers who lacked passion and a flick that should have paid as much attention to direction as it did to costume design. Unfortunately, even the star line up of acting talent could not salvage this shipwreck.

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liliianna
Nov 25, 2017

Really witty, clever movie. I thought it was a great adaptation of Austen's short novel.

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ausnos
Sep 04, 2017

Too many characters that I do not care about, and too much chatter between them. Kate Beckinsale should have stuck to the "Underworld" movies because at least then she was interesting.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 09, 2017

If you remember the 90s (Well, then you weren't there man! Oh wait, that's the 60s.), you remember that the hottest author for a while was one who'd been dead for over a century and a half. We saw adaptations of "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" (Three versions!), "Persuasion," "Sense & Sensibility," and "Mansfield Park." She has a small body of work (6 novels), but filmmakers are still finding inspiration from her work. Whit Stillman's generically titled "Love & Friendship" is an adaptation of a short early novel called "Lady Susan," which was published posthumously. Stillman's films are all comedies of manners ("Metropolitan," "Barcelona"), so it's unsurprising that he'd be drawn to Austen. I love Austen, but I rarely love her movies, which too often miss the sharp, satiric tone of her work. "Love & Friendship" is a typical Austen adaptation in that it's pretty, well-acted, and a little dull. Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan gives one her most robust, funniest performances in years and is the best thing about the film. Chloe Sevigny co-stars and this is a reunion of sorts, as the two actors co-starred in Stillman's best film, "The Last Days of Disco." Enjoyable enough and much better than his tone deaf and excruciating previous film "Damsels in Distress."

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Booksss14
Jul 18, 2017

Sadly awful. I expected better. Exceedingly boring. Because the novel was published when Jane Austen was very young, it is lacking in the character and style that we love about her. The movie is a disappointment.

LPL_TriciaK May 23, 2017

Novelist Jane Austen + Director Whit Stillman = witty and winning combination! If you don't like Jane Austen, you won't like this, but if you do, don't miss it! It's based on Austen's novella, Lady Susan, and although, admittedly, it is not Austen's best work, it still offers up the sharp but accurate Austen commentary on just how silly, virtuous, obtuse, and generous human beings can be. I especially enjoyed the the reunion of Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, who made Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco" so memorable. If you like smart dialogue, period pieces, and a bit of romance, try this! Then follow it up with full Stillman treatment: Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco.

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wildct2003
May 01, 2017

Enjoyable film about scheming, class and marriage.

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johnstonmk
Apr 15, 2017

Although a clever adaptation of Jane Austen's "Lady Susan," it gets to be rather slow at parts, and the pacing is not always sharp. To be honest, I think that Austen's first novel wasn't fit to be adapted into a movie, because it highlights the pitfalls in her early writing. It had an excellent cast, but I don't know that they had a lot to work with.

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No_Stalkers4Me
Apr 11, 2017

Not terrible, but tedious.

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uncommonreader
Apr 09, 2017

There is some very witty dialogue. As Jemma Redgrave said, the story seems more like Fielding than Austen.

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