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Love & Friendship (2016)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 June 2016 (USA)
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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 Sophie Radermacher ... Miss Maria Manwaring
Chloë Sevigny ... Alicia Johnson
Stephen Fry ... Mr. Johnson
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:

A lady never reveals her tactics. 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

Gross USA:

$14,016,568

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,401,949
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Color:

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

One of the pieces of music - Beethoven's cello sonata 3 in A major was composed in 1808, so a decade after the time the film was set. See more »

Quotes

Lady Susan Vernon: Americans really have shown themselves to be a nation of ingrates, only by having children can we begin to understand such dynamic.
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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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Featured in Behind the Scenes of Love & Friendship (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Will Find Out The way
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[End Montage]
Performed by The Irish Film Orchestra, Mark Suozzo
(P) 2016 Sony Classical
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User Reviews

Film and literature as bickering cousins.
3 June 2019 | by ReadingFilmSee all my reviews

I was constantly aware of its mechanization of cinema as the forms meeting, and how film both succeeds and fails literature. The film observes its own effect. Seeing as these are novels so have to interface via cinematic means and Austen is not right for cinema since it's this indulgence of thoughts, dilemmas, gossip, in a beautiful and heightened way. Meaning the effect of reading is indulging in secrets while theater only shows. So then to meet it is to meet the language not create some faux-cinema around it. Then this is probably the most pure Austen adaptation I recall, as it examines so carefully. What happens, for me, is I do not at all get nearly the same amount of pleasure hearing the beautiful dialogue as I do reading it. It doesn't scale at all. (A lot of writers learn this.) The achievement of the film then is something else reads and that's its careful staging and theater, the comic humor of these socialites; you sort of realize it was never because of the language to begin with, but the infectious energy and subversion of it, however the language serves it the energy reads the same creating viable parallel works that scrutinize and ponder ending up revealing the same treatise from a different angle, and it passes. That is sort of the essence of an adaptation, is to not adapt, as reverence always sinks a picture which is why trash novels make better films. "Marriage last forever." "Not in my experience."


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