Oswald Alving is dying. His mother is anxious to keep the precise nature of his illness a secret.

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Mrs. Alving
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Engstrand
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Regina
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Oswald Alving is dying. His mother is anxious to keep the precise nature of his illness a secret.

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14 June 1987 (UK)  »

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Very good, but could have been better.
7 October 2017 | by (Middlesbrough, England) – See all my reviews

This is a straightforward adaptation of Ibsen's stage play, wisely making no attempt to "open out" the action with external scenes, or to "modernise" the action. Its only failure in this respect is having Oswald kiss his mother full on the lips, not once but twice. This hint of Oedipal incest is NOT a part of Ibsen's play.

Dench and Gambon are both excellent, but Freddie Jones steals every scene he is in. Branagh, alas, overacts tiresomely, seemingly believing that he can add dramatic impact to Ibsen's dialogue by shouting it. He is wrong.


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