The Line of Beauty (2006)

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A young man becomes attached to a family that's not his own, and casts himself into the life of plentiful riches and gay love affairs that he seems destined for.

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 Nick Guest (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Gerald Fedden (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Cat Fedden (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Elena (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Wani Ouradi (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Toby Fedden (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Leo Charles (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Barry Groom (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Brentford (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Martine (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Rosemary Charles (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Lady Partridge (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Greta Timms (2 episodes, 2006)
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 John Timms (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Geoffrey Titchfield (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Tristao (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Norman Kent (2 episodes, 2006)
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Nick Guest comes to London to live with his college friend's family, the Feddens. A short stay becomes permanent, and Nick positions himself in the family's plentiful lives of parties and politics during the Thatcher years. Over the course of three episodes spanning four years in the mid-eighties, we follow Nick's two homosexual love affairs in a time of promiscuity and carelessness, until the AIDS crisis and a bout of scandal threaten life as he has come to know it. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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The Henry James novel that Nick and Wani try to turn into a film is "The Spoils of Poynton" from 1897. The producer they meet with complain about the story's unhappy ending and the name of the main character, Fleda Vetch. See more »

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[first lines]
Nick Guest: Wow. Is this really where you live?
Toby Fedden: Yep, well, you know, where my parents live. What's the matter, something wrong with it?
Nick Guest: No, it's... it's lovely.
Toby Fedden: Come on, then.
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Nick Guest meet Nick Carraway. "Gatsby" updated.
12 December 2006 | by (Toluca Lake, California) – See all my reviews

"The Line of Beauty," which I recently saw on Logo, is a wonderful film, but it reminded me heavily of "The Great Gatsby" in that it makes the narrator a character in the scenario. Sam Waterston was given the role of Daisy Buchanan's poorer cousin, Nick Carraway. In "Line" Nick Guest serves in much the same way, with the exception that Nick Guest never realized he was an outsider, whereas Nick Carraway always did. Also much like Hemingway's reaction to F. Scott Fitzgerald's (author of "Gatsby") that "The rich are very different from us" - "Yes, they have more money", Guest finds out that human emotions, in this case recrimination, blame and betrayal, are just as much a part of the upper class as the lower. Guest and Gatsby both admire the upper class and at some point in each story, believe themselves equal to them, until each are made to pay for the sins of those they admire. In Gatsby's case, he is mistakenly shot by the wife of a garage mechanic who believes him to be Daisy's husband Tom, who is both wealthy and immoral. It is a classic story of social separatism, told with an extra layer of the start of the AIDS epidemic. It is a fine job of writing and acting all around. I was particularly impressed with the final slap in the face Nick gets from the housekeeper, who should have been more sympathetic to Nick, but who is also self-deluded in her thinking that she is part of the family, and not an outsider.


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