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Story

Life among the Bloomsbury group in post-Victorian England, as seen through the relationship between writer Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce in a well-wrought, if mannered performance) and painter Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson). Carrington won't give herself to any of the men in her life (including her husband)--at least not emotionally. Instead, this woman has found her soulmate in Strachey, a homosexual who, in fact, has a crush on Carrington's husband. They try to maintain a friendship outside their various romantic liaisons but keep winding up with each other. Still, despite an intriguing performance by Pryce and a cooler, less accessible one by Thompson, this film never quite takes off. Once you get the point--that this is a love that will never be consummated--you begin to wonder if, in fact, there is a larger point to be had. There isn't. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Emma ThompsonDora Carrington
Jonathan PryceLytton Strachey
Steven WaddingtonRalph Partridge
Samuel WestGerald Brenan
Rufus SewellMark Gertler
Penelope WiltonLady Ottoline Morrell
Janet McTeerVanessa Bell
Jeremy NorthamBeacus Penrose
Alex KingstonFrances Partridge
Richard CliffordClive Bell
David RyallMayor

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Christopher Hampton
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 121 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 10, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 7, 2003
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