Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship

DVD - 2016
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Lady Susan takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' determined to find a matchmaker for her daughter and for herself.
Audience: OFA rating: G.
Publisher: Toronto : Mongrel Media, 2016.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Love
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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VaughanPLAlyssia Jan 17, 2017

“I wanted her to be delighted with me, but I didn't succeed. I can't understand it. It's true I've always detested her and that, before her marriage, I went to great lengths to prevent it…” I loved this movie because it shows just how funny Jane Austen can be, which is a hard thing to get people ... Read More »

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Jul 02, 2019

To boring for me. Just could not relate to any of the characters so I ended up snoozing a lot on the couch. To much drama and not really entertaining.

Feb 23, 2019

Good entertaining movie for Jane Austin fans...

Dec 28, 2018

Good elements, poor execution -- and Jane Austen is not the problem. True, she wrote Lady Susan aka Love and Friendship when she was very young, and it lacks the depth of her other works, but it is as pointed and snappy a romantic comedy novella as anything published today. Whit Stillman compares it to Oscar Wilde, but his naturalist style and Wilde don't go together. He was shooting in an authentic old house which seems to either confine his camera movements, or he just doesn't want to move the camera at all. Compared to Ang Lee's Sense & Sensibility, or Roger Michell's Persuasion, L & F looks like a stage play. That's a shame, because the cast is excellent. An exception is lead Kate Beckinsdale, who is not the charismatic person Lady Susan is supposed to be. It would have been a natural role for Cate Blanchett or Annette Bening, but I guess they weren't available. However. Beckinsdale is balanced by Tom Bennett, who plays a young "rattle". He's a joy every time he's on screen, and believe me, Love & Friendship needs it.

Dec 07, 2018

too much Jane Austen, not enough Whit Stillman, but the production values, acting, cinematography, costumes, sets, are superb

Nov 28, 2018

I loved this film, as I love both Jane Austen and Whit Stillman and they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Don't expect a laugh-out-loud comedy, but expect lots of Austen & Stillman wit. All the actors are great. *However*, a warning:

I watched this DVD on my blu ray player and about 20 minutes in, the audio stopped and I got the following warning on my screen: “Audio outputs temporarily muted. Do not adjust the playback volume. The content being played is protected by Cinavia and is not authorized for playback on this device. For more information, see Message Code 3."
I couldn't finish the film on the library's DVD copy; luckily, it was (and is currently, as of 11/27/18) streaming on Amazon Prime.

Nov 08, 2018

I gave up after the first 12 minutes. This movie is astoundingly terrible, and Stillman -- whose previous work I've enjoyed minus some hesitations about the boys' club known as "Barcelona" -- shoulders the blame. Beckinsale, in the lead role, comes across like Joan Collins-lite, but what really turned me off were the on-screen character titles and summaries that Stillman imposes over everyone -- as if we, the dunce caps in the audience, couldn't work to puzzle out relationships between personae. Incredibly lazy filmmaking. Sevigny does a nice job, from what I saw; she's such an underrated actress.

martins_mom Mar 07, 2018

Based on one of Austen’s lesser-known works, the novella “Lady Susan”, this is an enjoyable diversion. It is full of the expected well- turned lines, like this, my favourite:
[Lady Susan to her conniving American friend who has married a wealthy Englishman]
“You made a mistake in marrying Mr. Johnson. Too old to be tractable and too young to die.”!

Feb 10, 2018

Not a great movie - more a vehicle for a few pithy and witty lines. Strictly for the Austen fan who has run out of Austen.

Dec 01, 2017

Jane Austen fans may relish this period piece, adapted from her less known novel, however others may find it a soul-less snore fest. Banter that lacked wit, lovers who lacked passion and a flick that should have paid as much attention to direction as it did to costume design. Unfortunately, even the star line up of acting talent could not salvage this shipwreck.

Nov 25, 2017

Really witty, clever movie. I thought it was a great adaptation of Austen's short novel.

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Jan 14, 2018

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