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Lady Chatterley (2006)

A French adaptation of the second (and much less well-known) version of D.H. Lawrence's erotic tale.

Director:

Pascale Ferran

Writers:

D.H. Lawrence (novel), Roger Bohbot | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marina Hands ... Constance
Jean-Louis Coulloc'h ... Parkin
Hippolyte Girardot ... Sir Clifford Chatterley
Hélène Alexandridis Hélène Alexandridis ... Mrs. Bolton
Hélène Fillières ... Hilda
Bernard Verley ... Sir Malcolm
Sava Lolov Sava Lolov ... Tommy Dukes
Jean-Baptiste Montagut Jean-Baptiste Montagut ... Harry Winterslow
Fanny Deleuze Fanny Deleuze ... Tante Eva
Michel Vincent Michel Vincent ... Marshall
Colette Philippe Colette Philippe ... Mrs. Marshall
Christelle Hes Christelle Hes ... Kate
Jade Bouchard Jade Bouchard ... La jeune bonne
Joël Vandael Joël Vandael ... Field, le chauffeur
Jacques De Bock Jacques De Bock ... Le médecin (as Jacques de Bock)
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Storyline

Sir Clifford has returned from the Great War to his estate near Sheffield, paralyzed from the waist down. Lady Constance, his young wife, cares for him, but she's lifeless, enervated. Her physician prescribes the open air, and she finds a quiet retreat at the hut - the workplace - of Parkin, the estate's gamekeeper. The rhythms of nature awaken Connie - daffodils, pheasant chicks - and soon she and Parkin become lovers. She's now radiant. Parkin, too, opens up. Class distinctions and gender roles may be barriers to the affair becoming more. Connie's trip to France, with her father and sister, bring the lovers to a nuanced resolution. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Based on one of the most scandalous novels of our time

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and graphic nudity | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Director Pascale Ferran scheduled six weeks of intensive rehearsal to help put the actors at ease with each other in preparation for the explicit scenes. See more »

Goofs

On the cabin porch, while drinking water, the two different glasses are switched from one character to the other between takes. See more »

Connections

Version of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Well-tempered Clavichord, Book I, Fugue No.2, BWV.847
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Pure cinematic art.
3 January 2016 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

Wow. I really dislike slow moving romances, but the amount of artistry that was injected into this production, and the rendered result is just pure art in every sense of the word.

Every shot is an oil painting. I don't know what it is about the French and their history with art that makes them such masters, but not a single strip of film was wasted here. The lighting, the costumes, the camera angles, and composition of the frame and music, really were just given such care that it's a wonder this film hasn't gained more notoriety among D.H. Lawrence enthusiasts.

Then there are the sex scenes. Yes ladies and gentlemen, there is sex in this film, though it's rendered with a very gentle brush stroke by a master painter of film. There is nothing tawdry in the nature of the sex other than the fact that the couple is bucking societal convention. To find out what I mean, you have to watch the film.

This is a story about a woman's wants and needs. Whom she married because modern convention pushed her in that direction, and what she really wanted because her innate nature and the man in question succumbed to proper instincts.

One man has societal power and wealth, but cannot care for himself without the assistance that his wealth affords. Another can withstand adversity after adversity, and like so many men, prefers, prospers, and even thrives when he's alone. One is the master of men. Another is the master of himself, and cares for no other. Ladies, which do you prefer? Which do you say you want, and which one fires your heart, body and soul? That's what this movie is all about. On an even more intellectual level both males have a kind of female inner psyche working for them. One gains the world, the other gains something else.

I have two regrets about this film. Firstly that there are a couple of pans (and one awful zoom) that come lose to derailing the flow of the movie. But as visually jarring as they are, they pass quickly. Like a B-movie producer/director once told me, America makes the best dollies and tripods for professional movie cameras, and that is an unchallenged truth. If you look at any foreign film, and compare the camera moves with American movies, you'll note that American films have very smooth dolly shots, Steadicam shots, and the now occasional rare pan. Foreign films are still playing catchup, even for this film which was shot only ten years ago! Secondly; I streamed this film off of Amazon, and it is not a high definition transfer with muted colors. The colors I'm thinking were a creative choice of the director and cinematographer, and they may have even used a soft lens or a soft filter in front of the lens to add that bit of visual texture to give this film an even softer touch and intimate feel. Even so, I wanted to see more information on the screen, but whether it was the creative team being artistic or the limitations of the technology, I'll never know until I see this thing on bluray.

Here's the thing; I was forced to read D.H. Lawrence in high school, and hated his writing. It was slow, lethargic, seemed to cater to over emotionalism, and just downright boring as hell when compared to some of the sci-fi authors or military fiction authors I used to read (and get more out of), but this film (and the French really do love Lawrence) very much delivers a film maker's film. And, as usual from French cinema, gives us a character study of the gentler side of human nature. What is, what we'd like, and what ought to be.

I don't recommend this film to anyone who is not a cinema aficionado. If you like heavy psychology and films about how a trist can be mistaken or evolve into love, then this film is for you.

Otherwise, maybe give it a shot and see what you think.

Enjoy.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 November 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,814, 24 June 2007

Gross USA:

$687,414

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,200,383
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Runtime:

| (2 parts) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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