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Anna Madeley, Zoe Tapper. Sarah Waters' powerful novel details the daring escapades of the wealthy Victorian lass, Margaret Prior. Prior, while mourning the death of her father, decides to find new purpose in her life by visiting female inmates at the Millbank Prison. But her mission takes on a new persona as she finds herself infatuated with the attractive Selina Dawes, a medium imprisoned for assaulting a young girl at a seance. 2008/color/94 min/NR/fullscreen.

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Affinity, based on the mystery romance novel by Sarah Waters, is a well-done melodrama spun from ghost tales, sexual tension, and female rebellion. Director Tim Fywell, known for his work with Masterpiece Theater and other British television programming, maintains period detail in this story of a modern love quandary between two women in Victorian England. In it, Margaret Prior (Anna Madeley) begins visiting Millbanks, a dreary women’s prison, to combat the malaise she feels following her father’s death. There, she meets famed medium Selina Dawes (Zoe Tapper), imprisoned for her client’s murder that she alleges was committed by Peter Quick, an evil, uncontrollable spirit she channelled. As the two women grow closer, their psychic battles with unknown forces increase congruently to the external and internal conflicts that arise, namely warnings from Margaret’s male suitor, and the prison guards that protest her criminal alliance. The physical beauty of the two actresses greatly enhances the sexual tension implicit to this supernatural fantasy. The story maintains an historical relevance to women’s socio-political issues, as it envisions what women’s prisons looked like during the Industrial Age, and it tackles a subject matter, namely séance, that was of major interest to women during the Victorian era. Dark atmospheres and repeated close-ups of the protagonists’ emotionally fraught faces lend Affinity a severity that is borderline sensationalistic. Overall, Affinity functions as a witchy soap opera suited to ladies wishing for a light spook. --Trinie Dalton


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  • Actors: Zoë Tapper, Anna Madeley, Domini Blythe, Amanda Plummer, Mary Jo Randle
  • Directors: Tim Fywell
  • Writers: Andrew Davies, Sarah Waters
  • Producers: Adrian Bate, Andrew Davies, Bogdan Moncea, Greg Dummett, Gub Neal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MTV
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018O5WVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,446 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dcg on October 9, 2008
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Interesting story! As expected, it is beautifully filmed, the dialogue is convincing and the actresses are wonderfull - like other Sarah Waters stories. The actresses do a wonderful job in displaying love for one another, despite the lack of love scenes between them. I Really enjoyed the twist in this one, very unexpected! I give it a 4 however, because the end was a bit disappointing. I agree with the previous reviewer in that if you like happy endings movies, this one will likely dissapoint. Overall though, I though it was a very good movie and worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Paetow on April 4, 2011
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How marvelous to find a modern British drama unshrouded by multiculti or other manifestations of political correctness! This is a straight-out suspense story that manages to float elements of supernaturalism and existentialism into a well-paced plot that glides smoothly from the haut monde to the demimonde, from rococo parlors to rock-walled prison cells.
No rose-colored lens distorts this stark vision of Victorian society. Strict morality and convention may cast a pall over one's hopes, but so may the spector of spiritual and physical poverty. Naivete and sexual frustration can prove to be as dangerous as material deprivation and desperation.
Superbly acted and directed, this drama hosts a cast of multidimensional characters whose depictions may startle and even disquiet contemporary viewers who are accustomed to sensitive treatment of subcultural portrayals. Such unflinching grittiness, however, adds layers of possibilities to a plot that digs deep into the underworld of a strait-laced society.
Surprises and plot twists abound as the protagonist--as well as compliant viewers--allow themselves to wonder just what is possible in this cinematic dimension. What, if anything, is real in this particular realm? Apparitions? Clairvoyance? Autokinesis? Each audience member should have a self-satisfying answer by film's end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guillaume Lesage on February 23, 2011
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You have to approach this movie with the idea "that it will not be like the novel". They have imagined lots of things that are not in the book... I'm thinking a lot about the Peter Quick character. When the movie ends, the viewer has no remaing question about what "really" happened like the reader of the book. In fact, if compared to the other movies made out of Sarah Waters novel(Tipping the Velvet ans Fingersmith), this one is really different from the book. However, the person who had watched it with me (he have'nt read the book) enjoyed the movie very much.

Costumes and recreation of the historic period are well done (except for that horrible beard wig... well being a wardrobe master myself I was a little puzzled by that one and laugh out loud about it!).

The finale (and the begining!)of the movie looks like the one that was done in Janes Campion "The Piano".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By youcanbuyme on January 1, 2013
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This movie is so intriging. The story is awesome yet heart breaking at the same time. I love it! The twist was crazy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Ellen on July 2, 2011
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The acting and the sets are wonderful. Generally, the movie is faithful to Sarah Waters' novel; unusually, I would say it improves on and enhances the work it is adapted from. The special features include excellent interviews with the author, the scriptwriter, the director and two of the actors which add tremendously to appreciation of the work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Gal on October 14, 2013
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A repressed Victorian young woman does charity work at a women's prison and falls in love with one of the inmates and unwittingly gets involved in her eventual escape. keeps you guessing and the end in not exactly what you would expect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Amsel on April 18, 2015
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Affinity lacks the complexity of Sarah Waters' novel and the screenwriter, Andrew Davies, has taken a few major liberties with the plot, including the addition of a heterosexual suitor for Margaret, the main character, and a different ending that works to some degree. Even if the novel is more powerful, this film adaptation, far less dark and claustrophobic than the book, is emotionally moving in its own distinctive way. The excellent Romanian settings pass well for 19th Century London, and the well-made costumes are admirable, even though Margaret's character seems to pop in and out of mourning attire, which a woman of her class would not have done in the 1870s. Finally, the acting and directing is splendid all-around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenn D. on May 24, 2010
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I liked this adaptation on a spooky Sarah Waters novel. I am a huge fan of her writing and was a bit disapointed with another adaptation of a previous novel, but this movie did a good job. The movie is a bit spooky without being scary. The viewer can feel the passion and uncertainties that every character expresses even though the story is more rushed than the novel.
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