Sons And Lovers Review

A Paul Morel (Stockwell) considers his own relationship with girlfriend Clara (Mary Ure), he struggles to understand that between his gentle mother (Hiller) and his rough, outwardly angry father (Howard).

by David Parkinson |
Published on
Release Date:

01 Jan 1981

Running Time:

103 minutes



Original Title:

Sons And Lovers

One of the few areas in which British cinema has improved over the last 45 years is in its handling of regional accents. So while Jack Cardiff’s adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s tale of domestic strife in the Nottinghamshire coalfields is involving and restrained (with Freddie Francis’ monochrome photography particularly impressive), it’s always obvious that Trevor Howard, Wendy Hiller and rebellious son Dean Stockwell are attempting an acting masterclass in grim-oop-Northery. Nevertheless, it’s still the best example of Lawrence you’ll see on screen.

D.H. Lawrence has always proved a tricky test for filmmakers, but this is certainly one fo the better translations, thanks in no small part to the cinematography.
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