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Love & Friendship (2016)

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Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

Director:

Whit Stillman

Writers:

Whit Stillman, Jane Austen (based on her novella "Lady Susan")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Lady Susan Vernon
Morfydd Clark ... Frederica Vernon
Tom Bennett ... Sir James Martin
Jenn Murray ... Lady Lucy Manwaring
Lochlann O'Mearáin ... Lord Manwaring (as Lochlann O'Mearain)
Sophie Radermacher ... Miss Maria Manwaring
Chloë Sevigny ... Alicia Johnson
Stephen Fry ... Mr. Johnson
Jordan Waller Jordan Waller ... Edward, Head Footman (as Jordan S. Waller)
Ross Mac Mahon ... Owen
Frank Prendergast ... Approaching Gentleman
Xavier Samuel ... Reginald DeCourcy
Emma Greenwell ... Catherine DeCourcy Vernon
Justin Edwards ... Charles Vernon
Kelly Campbell ... Mrs. Cross
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Storyline

Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.

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Taglines:

Opportunistic, devious, shrewd, calculating, cunning, unprincipled See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | France | Netherlands

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Susan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$133,513, 15 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,013,564, 16 September 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,848,959, 4 August 2016
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Whenever the scene changes to Lady Susan's town house, the progress of two masons may be observed as they renovate the stones comprising her front wall. See more »

Goofs

At one point, one of the female characters complains that her husband is "not old enough to die soon", thereby letting her become a wealthy widow. However, her husband in the film is quite old for the time, appearing to be in his 60's. The average life expectancy in the period of 1750-1800 was only 35 years old. The wealthy lived longer, of course, but one was still not expected to live past 50 years of age at the time. See more »

Quotes

Lady Susan Vernon: Facts are horrid things.
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Crazy Credits

At the conclusion of the end credits, there is a line encouraging viewers to read the novel, "in which Lady Susan Vernon is thoroughly vindicated." See more »

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Cor di padre
from "Tamerlano"
[Susan & Reginald's Promenade]
Composed by George Frideric Handel
Performed by The Irish Film Orchestra, Mark Suozzo, featuring Chloë Martin (soprano)
(P) 2016 Sony Classical
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The most enjoyable film I've seen this year so far.
30 May 2016 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Whit Stillman is hardly the most prolific of film-makers. Since his debut, "Metropolitan", in 1990, he has only directed 5 feature films, all of which he has also written, but they represent as fine a body of work as any in contemporary American cinema. His movies may not be particularly 'cinematic'; they are talkative comedies but they are also fiercely intelligent and often very funny in a way that so many films aren't these days. When people talk of Stillman they may be thinking of Jane Austen, so perhaps it was only to be expected that Stillman would finally get around to tackling an Austen story.

"Love and Friendship", Stillman's thoroughly delightful new film, is based on Austen's little known novella "Lady Susan" and it may be the best screen version of Austen thus far. It's deeply acerbic in a way Austen seldom is and it's also laugh-out-loud funny. Kate Beckinsale is Lady Susan, recently widowed, mother of a daughter of marriageable age and financially dependent on the kindness of strangers.

When the film opens she has arrived at the country seat of her sister-in-law, Catherine DeCourcy Vernon, in search of shelter and perhaps a new husband. Her reputation of being something of a man-eater has preceded her and yet she has no trouble in winning the heart of Catherine's younger brother, Reginald. What follows is a typically brilliant and very Austen-like tale of romantic intrigues and misunderstandings, broader perhaps than either "Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility" yet totally in keeping with Stillman's view of the world, past and present.

It would be invidious of me to choose one member of a wonderful ensemble over another for special praise since every performance is close to sublime. Still, it was gratifying to see Chloe Sevigny, in the best part she's had in some time, as Lady Susan's American friend and confidante, always living in fear in being shipped back to Connecticut by her older husband, played by Stephen Fry.

The closest Stillman comes to making his film cinematic is in his use of 'natural' lighting in several of the interior shots; otherwise this movie, like everything else Stillman has done, is totally dependent on his brilliant cast, the sharpness of his writing and the wit and compassion of his direction to make its mark. I doubt if I will see anything more entertaining this year.


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