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The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century.
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The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey in a World War One England of cottages and countryside. Although platonic due to Strachey's homosexuality, the relationship was nevertheless a deep and complicated one. When Carrington did develop a more physical relationship with soldier Ralph Partridge, Strachey was able to welcome him as a friend, although Partridge remained somewhat uneasy, not so much with Strachey's sexual orientation as with the fact that he was a conscientious objector. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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She had many lovers but only one love.

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Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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10 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A festőnő szerelmei  »

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$3,242,342 (USA)
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'Christopher Hampton' finally got to direct the script he'd been sitting on since 1976, but only because original helmer Mike Newell opted to direct Donnie Brasco (1997) instead. See more »

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Lytton Strachey: I don't know what the world has come into: women in love with buggers and buggers in love with womanizers...
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Referenced in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Movies (1998) See more »

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Adagio from 'String Quintet in C Major', D. 956, op. post. 163
Composed by Franz Schubert
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Delicately portrayed amorous eccentricity as only the British can do
24 November 2002 | by (Sonar Sound) – See all my reviews

If you require the overdone loudness, violence and aggressivity of an American film (Training Day comes to mind), you'll need to take an extra dose of Ritalin to get through this film. (That advice could have been useful to a few of the previous reviewers, in fact.)

For those who don't have to be hit over the head, though, this film is a riveting masterpiece about the varied forms human love can assume--and a reminder that subcultures, like the Bloomsbury Group, have always given social norms a wide berth. British society has long tolerated eccentricity, especially when discreetly indulged, of which the nuanced contours of relationships among the literate in early-20th-century Britain provide an excellent illustration. Combine this refreshing glimpse of consensual mores with outstanding interpretations by Thompson and Pryce, and with fidelity to historical fact, and you've got two delightful hours of first-rate cinema on your hands.

And not an exploding car or a vengeance-driven, gadget-laden military operation against a demonized third-world country anywhere to be found. Amazing. And bravo. 9 out of 10.


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