The House of Mirth (2000)

PG  |   |  Romance, Drama  |  7 March 2001 (France)
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A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »



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Sim Rosedale (as Anthony Lapaglia)
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Mary MacLeod ...
Mrs. Haffen (as Mary Macleod)
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Terence Davies' The House of Mirth is a tragic love story set against a background of wealth and social hypocrisy in turn of the century New York. Lily Bart is a ravishing socialite at the height of her success who quickly discovers the precariousness of her position when her beauty and charm start attracting unwelcome interest and jealousy. Torn between her heart and her head, Lilly always seems to do the right thing at the wrong time. She seeks a wealthy husband and in trying to conform to social expectations, she misses her chance for real love with Lawrence Selden. Written by Anonymous

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When a woman has the beauty men admire and women is wise to tread carefully.


Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

7 March 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Glädjens hus  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£88,920 (UK) (13 October 2000)


$3,041,803 (USA) (6 July 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Due to the bankruptcy of German distributor Kinowelt in 2001, the movie never had an official release in Germany (theatrically or on DVD), although there was already a German dub version created. See more »


The film, which takes place during 1905-07, depicts several characters attending a performance of the opera "Cosi fan tutte" - but that opera was first performed in New York in 1922. See more »


[to Grace at the opera house]
Mrs. Peniston: Thank you for telling me, Grace. But I must say this unwelcome information has completely ruined the Mozart for me.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits the Kinowelt Medien AG is misspelled as "Kinowelt Median AG" See more »


Version of The House of Mirth (1981) See more »


From "String Quartet no.3"
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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Gillian Anderson in an Oscar winning role.

I have watched this movie 4 times and plan to watch it again and again. Never have i seen such a beautiful and more moving film in my 34 years on this planet. Gillian Anderson is fantastic as the femme fatale/heroine. She gives the performance of her life and it sickens me she got no recognition for her efforts. Her subtle acting and graceful demeanour make her perfect in this role. Its so hard to get as excited about the other characters in the movie as she seems to steal every scene. I am a massive fan of Merchant & Ivory films but this production just blows them out of the water. Everybody in this film are excellent

  • the dialogue is beautifully spoken and the lack of music in it makes

it even more real and lifelike.

I can say only two words to describe this film, and i quote Lily Bart (Gillian Anderson) - " HOW DELICIOUS".

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