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Lady Chatterley (2006)

Cast: Marina Hands, Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, more...
Director: Pascale Ferran, Pascale Ferran
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance, France, Erotica
Running Time: 161 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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D.H. Lawrence's once-scandalous tale of a married woman who finds herself through an affair with another man is brought to the screen in this adaptation directed by Pascale Ferran. Constance Chatterley (Marina Hands) is a lovely woman in her mid twenties who is married to Sir Clifford Chatterley (Hippolyte Girardot), a wealthy British nobleman many years her senior who is paralyzed from the waist down due to an injury sustained during World War I. While Constance loves her husband, she has grown weary of her life as a bird in a gilded cage, as well as her husband's lack of affection. One day, Constance steps out to take a walk and pauses to tell Parkin (Jean-Louis Coulloc'h), the estate's groundskeeper, that the cook would like him to shoot a pheasant for the evening's meal. Constance discovers Parkin is only half-dressed, and the physical strength of his body makes a strong impression on her. Parkin senses Constance's attraction to him, and he's equally taken by her beauty; in time the two throw caution to the wind and give in to their mutual passion. Constance blooms through her lovemaking with Parkin, and she finds his simple, rustic individualism is more to her taste than the life her husband has given her. But as Constance embraces her love for Parkin, others become aware of their relationship. Lady Chatterley was adapted from Lady Chatterley et l'Homme des Bois, the second of three versions Lawrence would publish of his best-known novel (it was published in English as John Thomas and Lady Jane). ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

When artsy goes crazy... by jpurdom April 4, 2011 - 4:37 PM PDT
So let me say right out of the box, this is not softcore porn! So don't confuse it with its more slutty cousins (Young Lady Chatterley, etc). You will in fact see more male nudity than you will full female nudity. And as I said, its artsy. You spend a lot of time looking at scenes of leaves, or branches, sometimes the forest floor, For reasons that I can't seem to figure out. At first I imagine that it is to establish the changing season, but half the movie takes place in the summer... why do I need to know that summer has changed to... summer. You also spend a great deal of time watching people sit. People that sit together, sit alone, etc, but they are just sitting... and most of the time they are not talking or anything. Just sitting.

I personally do not think it lived up to the book... but the story was there for the most part. I think it might be hard to portray some of the more intense philosophical topics that the book covers. There are attempts but it seems halfhearted. The actors did a fantastic job conveying a sense of discovery. ... you really got the feeling that they were two teens discovering passion for the first time.

All in all, it was passable but far too long. The scenes meandered as much as the plot and I quickly lost interest. Even my wife got bored.

A quiet, visually appealing film by MKaliher February 10, 2008 - 11:14 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Despite the risqué cover art and review clips, this gentle movie isn't really about sex and promiscuity at all. One can hardly blame the marketers: sex is used to sell everything from perfume to insurance. But if you want sexual tension, find a copy of Payback with Joan Severance and C. Thomas Howell. This film is about the emotional awakening of two fairly ordinary people--and social classes, society's expectations of social classes, and the limitations of the class system. While director/writer Pascale Ferran and co-writers Roger Bohbot and Pierre Trividic provided a fine script, based on a D. H. Lawrence novel--which seems to bring a certain facet of early 20th century England to authentic life--it is really cinematographer Julien Hirsch and film editors Yann Dedet and Mathilde Muyard who make it all come together. The visual ambience of the film, whose setting is a large and naturally pristine estate, seems to reflect the personalities of the two lead characters--played by Marina Hands and Jean-Louis Coullo'ch--which reach some measure of fulfillment in a natural response to their intimacy. This is a quiet film, requiring some patience on the part of the viewer. If Die Hard is your favorite film, this one is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you enjoyed Babette's Feast, give this one a viewing.

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