Lost in Austen (2008)

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Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael, until she finds she's swapped places with Austen's fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet.

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 Amanda Price (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr. Darcy (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr. Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Kitty Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Mrs. Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Jane Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Lydia Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr. Bingley (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Mary Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Caroline Bingley (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr. Wickham (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr. Collins (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Pirhana (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Michael (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Elizabeth Bennet (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Lady Catherine de Bourgh (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Charlotte Lucas (2 episodes, 2008)
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Amanda Price is dissatisfied with her life in modern London. Her favorite escape is getting lost in the pages of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. One night, Amanda is startled to come face to face with the novel's protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet. A small door in her apartment mysteriously links their worlds. Eventually, Amanda becomes trapped on the other side, while Elizabeth remains in the modern world. Now as the events of her favorite book unfold in all the wrong ways, Amanda tries desperately to set things straight, but inevitably makes things worse. Will this fractured version of a classic tale lead Amanda to her own happily-ever-after? Written by L. Hamre

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The blue coat with 12 cloth-covered buttons on the bodice Ruby Bentall (Mary Bennet) wears at Longbourn is the same costume Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) wears in London in Byron (2003). See more »

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When Mrs. Bennet and the girls' carriage has broken down, just as Wickam arrives, you can see a airplane or helicopter in the distant sky over Mrs. Bennet's head. See more »

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Amanda Price: [to Elizabeth through the door] Collins. On the page, OK, he's pretty bad. In the flesh, he's all-time king of the mingers!
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Funny but could be much better
30 April 2010 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

I unexpectedly enjoyed the series. There are many amusing and very curious moments. I appreciated different take on some characters such as Lidya or Mrs Bennet and - most of all - Wickham. And the air of the whole movie is very lively and, khm, refreshing.

Unfortunately, it has two major faults. One is the leading character, Amanda. I totally agree with those who say that for an Austen devotee she has very poor understanding of the period ways. One just can not believe it. OK she can utter something inappropriate when shocked and in dismay but there are limits. Even a 21st century girl stuck in the past can still use her brain and memory and behave, I am sure.

The other weak point is the plot. It is undeveloped and full of contradictions, especially in the end. For instance, Amanda promises Lady Catherine to keep away from her and the society (and Darcy) in return for her promoting annulment of Jane's marriage, and almost directly goes to unite with Darcy. So no freedom for Jane?

Also, many things are done in a very incredible way. I wish the scriptwriter and production people had more attention and respect to the period things. I do not suppose Amanda would lose any charm of hers (which I personally discerned rather little of) if they gave her a Regency coiffure at last: firstly, it would be enjoyable to see a high-street girl turning into Regency beauty, secondly, being an Austen fan and enamoured of all their ways she certainly would have liked that, and thirdly, no one can support that hairdo without an iron and quite a number of special hair products! And her coming to the ball (or anywhere in society) with her hair down is no more possible than going in a nightshirt. She would be shunned, at the very best.

And Amanda's ending with Darcy made me cringe. Anyone to bet on their being happy beyond a week together?

But, after all, it was altogether very funny to watch. I got the feeling of a student camp play or something, very nice, easy and smouldering. And for all the imperfections, it is obvious that the is love for Austen there. Well, I advise to watch, have fun and don't take it seriously.


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