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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 Elena (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Wani Ouradi (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Polly Tompkins (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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 Badger (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Martine (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Rosemary Charles (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Russel / ... (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Lady Partridge (2 episodes, 2006)
Julia St John ...
 Greta Timms (2 episodes, 2006)
David Yelland ...
 John Timms (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Geoffrey Titchfield (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Tristao (2 episodes, 2006)
Tom Knight ...
 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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80's hate fest
27 February 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This British pot-boiler has one thing going for it: the young men are uniformly good looking. The older men are opinionated, right-wing Thatcherites whose behavior brings back all the acrimony of the Reagan/Thatcher years. Young or old, however, morals in this three-part mini-series are universally suspect and no one comes off particularly well.

Nick is a handsome young gay man fresh out of Oxford. It is not pivotal to the story, but he has an extraordinarily beautiful head of hair which makes watching this drivel much easier. Nick comes to London with a friend, whose father Gerald is a rich conservative politician, and babysits his sister Cat while the family frolics in the south of France. They neglect to inform him that, when upset, Cat cuts herself with an assortment of knives and other kitchen implements. Nick mistakes their self-serving 'gratitude' for affection and moves in, finding out too late just how much they despise and patronize him. Inexplicably, Nick lives in this house for four years but, as the plot depends on this point, it's best not to question it.

While Nick is most pleasing to look at, he is unbearably obsequious. His coy subjection to rich bigots soon had me climbing the walls. Deeply closeted except to Cat (she guesses his big secret on sight), he does like a little anonymous sex just so we know he is actually gay. Though it hardly seems possible, Nick takes a lover who is even more closeted than he.

Supercilious Tories scorn and insult the two blacks in the film, so imagine the venom which spews forth when Nick's sexual orientation is reported in a tabloid. Gerald, in true Tory fashion, has become involved in several personal and financial scandals, so the revelations about Nick add to his embarrassment. This gives Gerald one final opportunity to roundly castigate the hapless boy.

Except for one brief moment of indignation, Nick takes the abuse heaped upon him in silence and tacit agreement. Denial, self-loathing, naiveté, or ignorance? You decide, if you can manage to sit through this whole thing without throwing something at the set.


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