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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.

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Pascale Ferran

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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

Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 November 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amantul doamnei Chatterley See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,814, 24 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$687,414, 2 December 2007
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2 parts) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Every English character name is kept from the original novel apart from the game keeper who is called "Parkin" instead of "Mellors". 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 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Well-tempered Clavichord, Book I, Fugue No.2, BWV.847
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Without compare
13 December 2007 | by jamesowen-2See all my reviews

As you enter the cinema, I think there are several instructions certain viewers must first take heed of, as regards this film.

Firstly, face facts, it's French, so don't be surprised if there are hardly four lines of dialogue in the first thirty minutes. This works marvellously as an introduction into the repressed yet sensual world of the characters, but if you know you're likely to get bored without having everything immediately explained, then please save yourself the bother.

Secondly, it ain't all about the sex. If you're seeking XXXX thrills, again, don't bother.

Finally, Lady Chatterley is based upon the second (earlier) version of the book, NOT the famously explicit and more widely published rewrite Lawrence ultimately settled on. Don't be expecting the clunky politics that isn't very relevant in the 2000's, instead enjoy a tale of love and freedom, of hope that two very different people can become a reason for one another's happiness within this overbearing world we're all inevitably a part of.

As for the film itself, acting honours go to Marina Hands for an exquisite portrayal of Constance, truly from her performance every emotion can be felt without a hint of exaggeration. It's delightful stuff. Jean-Louis Coullo'ch's Parkin/gamekeeper is a good fit, for what really is the less starry role, and he handles everything, including a touching confessional scene, with an admirable strength and gentleness.

Underpinning everything is the lavish production, sound and photography to make an audience feel as part of the forest setting, a tranquillity that intimates so much of what the story is trying to say.

This is superb stuff.


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