Lily Bart is a glittering socialite on the lookout for a wealthy husband, while suppressing her feelings for real love Lawrence Selden. Lily's world collapses, however as, falsely accused of having an affair with a married man, she is shunned by society.
Displaying impeccable credentials, The House Of Mirth contains all the seeds needed to make a powerful movie - Terence Davies nails Edith Wharton's obsessions with stifling etiquette, and the sense of social hypocrisy is tangible. Yet, never mining the emotional content to its full potential.
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