French Lieutenants Woman (1981)

Release Date: 04 February 2002 | Certificate: Suitable for 12 years and over
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In this story-within-a-story, Anna (Meryl Streep) is an actress starring opposite Mike (Jeremy Irons) in a period piece about the forbidden love between their respective characters, Sarah and Charles. Both actors are involved in serious relationships, but the passionate nature of the script leads to an off-camera love affair as well. While attempting to maintain their composure and professionalism, Anna and Mike struggle to come to terms with their infidelity.


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Region 2
Running Time: 119 minutes
Production Year: 1981
Main Language: English
Release Date: 04 February 2002
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over

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Product Reviews

Watching this in 2011, I didn't really get it

When I saw this was on Sky, it was an immediate must record! I've never seen this story within a story movie before or read any of the original books it is based on (The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969), by John Fowles, is a period novel inspired by the 1823 novel Ourika, by Claire de Duras).

The book is famous for its alternative endings, happy and sad, and Pinter cleverly incorporates this into the movie having the historical characters in the film within the film acheive a happy ending, but having the actors that play these characters suffer the unhappy ending.

All told, I sat throught the 2 hour movie reasonably happily. Happy to be adding another classic movie to the list of movies I have seen, but, I did not look back at the end of it and think of it as a great. The story was not overly interesting and it stumbled alon for me.

Having been nominated for 5 acadaemy awards back in its day, perhaps my view if it is spoiled by the comparison with other modern day productions.

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