Year of Release: 2016
Director: Whit Stillman
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Tom Bennett, Stephen Fry, James Fleet, Emma Greenwell, Justin Edwards, Lochlann O'Mearain, Jenn Murray, Morfydd Clark, Sophie Radermacher, Jemma Redgrave, Conor MacNeill, Conor Lambert, Kelly Campbell
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7
Whit Stillman has managed to craft a smart adaptation of a Jane Austen novella, on par with what Ang Lee create in 1995 with "Sense and Sensibility". The screenplay is crackling with wit, and finds a perfect actress in Kate Beckinsale to deliver the sharp lines with the right amount of candor, manipulation and humor. The film captures the way women were treated and perceived in society and how they learnt to navigate the limitations of what they could do and expect, particularly when it comes to their financial independence. The film centers on Lady Susan's attempts to find financial stability for herself and her daughter, using her wit, tact and beauty, but also allows for the supporting characters to have enough bandwidth to be comedic and have a point of view. The supporting actors are well cast, particularly Chloe Sevigny and Tom Bennett, both of whom provide ample support to the fantastic Kate Beckinsale. A good film worth watching.