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?


Shooting angles for some outdoor scenes had to be changed because groups of The X-Files (1993) fans congregated in the background to see Gillian Anderson. 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 »


Lily Bart: I thought that I could manage my own life, but I have been foolish, foolish to the point of being compromised.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the staff of Kelvingrove Museum, the Lord Provost and staff at Glasgow City Chambers, residents of Kersland Street, all the staff at the Arthouse Hotel, Glasgow, and the Earls of Wemyss and March and Lady Wemyss. See more »


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


String Quartet No. 2 in D
Composed by Aleksandr Borodin (as Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin)
Performed by Borodin String Quartet
Courtesy of Firma Melodiya
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A beautifully filmed masterpiece !
13 March 2001 | by (Albany, NY) – See all my reviews

Being a fan of both period pieces and Gillian Anderson I was greatly looking forward to the premier of this movie, and I was not disappointed. House of Mirth is a gorgeous looking film, full of color, style and history. The costumes and locales are worth the price of admission, and it doesn't hurt that the story is both compelling and dramatic. The cast did a great job of bringing these characters to life, and creating sympathy in main character Lily. Great acting all around, Laura Linney was fantastic in a diabolical role, and Eric Stoltz actually made me cry right there in the theater!

Kudos to all.

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