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The Misadventures of Margaret (1998)

A timid, insecure popular author with an overly-attentive professor husband decide to write an erotic novel. With encouragement from her sister and a bi-sexual friend, she goes to France ... See full summary »

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Brian Skeet

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Cathleen Schine (novel), Brian Skeet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Parker Posey ... Margaret Nathan
Jeremy Northam ... Edward Nathan
Craig Chester ... Richard Lane
Elizabeth McGovern ... Till Turner
Brooke Shields ... Lily
Corbin Bernsen ... Art Turner
Justine Waddell ... Young Girl
Patrick Bruel ... Martin
Stéphane Freiss ... The Philosopher
Amy Phillips ... Sarah From Brighton
Alexis Denisof ... Dr. Lipi
Sylvie Testud ... Young Nun
Al Mackenzie Al Mackenzie ... Richard's Boyfriend
Kerry Shale ... Librarian
Jeff Harding ... Man at Party
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A timid, insecure popular author with an overly-attentive professor husband decide to write an erotic novel. With encouragement from her sister and a bi-sexual friend, she goes to France with the intent of doing research at an inn where a diary she had been using documented erotic encounters. Instead she finds the inn is now a cloister for singing nuns. However, a young, divorced sound engineer is also there taping the nuns. While attracted, she mostly succumbs only to new fantasies until he follows her home to New York. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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France | UK | USA

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English

Release Date:

23 December 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A szerelem filozófiája See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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The original soundtrack was fully composed by Saint Etienne, the distributor's wanted a more typical sound. So many of Saint Etienne's tracks are cut or barely audible. See more »

Quotes

The Philosopher: You see, in the end, our truest opinions are not the ones we have never changed...
Young Girl: ...but those to which we have most often returned.
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References The Women (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The More I See You
Written by Mack Gordon, Harry Warren
Performed by Chris Montez
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A wonderful literary romp
12 April 2002 | by sphinxvictorianSee all my reviews

This is such a weird little film, with a very twisted heroine, but after the first few minutes of the film one finds oneself falling for her lock, stock and barrel. I like the literary references that fall from characters' lips like diamonds. I also think that it is one of Jeremy Northam's most wonderful performances. He doesn't get a huge amount to do, but what he does do is so subtle and nuanced, it's a joy (as usual) to watch. Parker Posey is like a young Kate Hepburn, whirling her way through an insane but sexually charged plot. Or perhaps she's more like Carole Lombard in My Man Godfrey, just completely nuts.

It does fall down in places during the first eighteenth century bits, but then the joke there becomes clear, as well as the significance it holds. I haven't read the novel but hope to get my hands on it. It sounds such fun.

I do wish I could own this film, to complete my Jeremy Northam collection. I also wish the soundtrack were available, because the music is quite charming.

I do like the cheerful slightly confused sexuality portrayed by both the heroine and her eighteenth century counterpart, it's quite refreshing to see the subject treated so matter-of-factly.

Rent this film, it's a lot of fun!


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