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A Handful of Dust (1988)

Cast: James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rupert Graves, more...
Director: Charles Sturridge
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Studio: HBO Home Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 114 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
Based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, Handful of Dust is set amongst Britain's aristocracy of the 1930s. At sumptuous Hetton Abbey, tradition-bound country squire James Wilby and his wife Kristin Scott Thomas open their doors to well-connected but impoverished Rupert Graves. Graves returns Wilby's hospitality by having an affair with Scott Thomas, while Wilby gamboles about his estate without a clue of what is going on. Wilby's cloistered world comes tumbling down when Scott Thomas coolly demands a divorce, shortly after the accidental death of their young son. Wilby discovers that his divorce settlement will cost him Hetton Abbey; he faces this circumstance by not facing it at all, preferring to escape to South America, stiff upper lip intact, in the company of a dotty explorer. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide



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