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- Actors: Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Steven Waddington, Samuel West, Rufus Sewell
- Director: Christopher Hampton
- Writers: Christopher Hampton, Michael Holroyd
- Producers: Chris Thompson, Fabienne Vonier, Francis Boespflug, John McGrath, Philippe Carcassonne
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: MGM Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2003
- Run Time: 117 minutes
Emma Thompson stars as young, boyish and vivacious painter Dora Carrington, with Jonathan Pryce as writer and conscientious objector Lytton Strachey, the unobtainably gay man, that she loves passionately. Directed by Christopher Hampton this unorthodox love-story is based on the real events in Dora's life surrounding the bohemian Bloomsbury art group where her attraction for the bearded bon vivant Strachey began. Having found her intellectual soul mate, she finds herself indulging in sexual escapades with many young attractive men to drown her undying love for the distinguished author, whose physical love she will never win. Starring Sam West, Rufus Sewell and Steven Waddington as the men she hopes will save her from the spell Strachey unwittingly has over her. Michael Nyman's sumptuous and yearning score is utterly beautiful and fittingly heartbreaking.
The film won the 1996 Special Jury Prize at Cannes.
The extraordinary romance between androgynous painter Dora Carrington and eccentric homosexual writer Lytton Strachey in post-Victorian England is captivatingly portrayed here by Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce in the directing debut of Christopher Hampton, writer of Dangerous Liaisons. Few love stories have been so intense or unusual as this account of the non-sexual relationship between the Bloomsbury group twosome, who shared their nonconformist alliance with Carrington's husband and Strachey's occasional boyfriends. Hampton's fascinating account is beautifully crafted, wittily scripted and intelligently realised, and Pryce (who won best actor at Cannes) gives the performance of a lifetime. Costume drama is rarely this compelling or moving.
Source: Radio Times Film
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