Terence Davies (DISTANT VOICES STILL LIVES) triumphs with his sumptuous painterly adaptation of Edith Whartons novel which is set amid the vicious moneyed classes of 1905 New York and features a heartrending perfectly nuanced performance by Gillian Anderson as doomed heroine Lily Bart. Lily though strikingly beautiful and socially prominent remains unmarried at the late age of 29. She jokes that marriage is a womans vocation but she is conflicted between her desire to marry a wealthy man and her love for handsome elegant Lawrence Selden (Eric Stoltz) who unforgivably must work for a living. Lilys options begin to narrow however when her backstabbing friend Bertha Dorset (Laura Linney) informs potential suitors of her gambling debts. In a world where the slightest hint of impropriety equals social death Lilys self-professed genius in doing the wrong thing at the right time leads to trouble. A potential solution to Lilys downward social spiral arrives when a useful secret falls into her lap. In order to save herself Lily must struggle with her naivete pride and ineptitude at playing the elites deadly coded game. Daviess beautifully composed richly textured images and Andersons skillful evocation of quiet desperation make for a visually stunning emotionally resonant tale.
Release Date: 24 September 2007
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 134 minutes
Production Year: 2000
Main Language: English