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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Gillian Anderson
Laura Linney
Eric Stoltz
Anthony LaPaglia
Dan Aykroyd
Directors
Terence Davies
Screenwriters
Terence Davies
Running Time
140 minutes

The House Of Mirth
Gillian Anderson's cold socialite runs into a spot of bother in this period drama which isn't quite as rivetting or moving as it might have been.


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Plot
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.


Verdict
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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