Affinity is set in 1874, in and around the women's prison at Millbank in Victorian London. Margaret Prior, a grieving upper class woman, becomes a "Lady Visitor" at Millbank, hoping to escape her troubles and be a guiding figure in the lives of the female prisoners. Of all the inmates, she is most fascinated by the mysterious Selina, whom the other women call a spirit medium.
This movie was pretty faithful to the book by Sarah Waters by the same title. The only difference was the movie gave Margaret a male love-interest that wasn't present in the novel. The movie managed to explain some things that were fuzzy to my when reading the novel, and it was well worth the viewing. The book creates more tension and more creepy ambiance than the film, but if you are looking for 90 minutes of historical fiction, this is not a poor option.
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".
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.
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.
This film version of Sarah Waters' brilliant novel "Affinity" seemed rushed and muddled and had very little emotional impact on me. I recognize that it must have been challenging to adapt the book, whose strengths are its detailed character development and slow ratcheting up of psychological tension. Although the book has action scenes and dialogue, much of the story is built on the internal thought processes of characters which cannot be as easily conveyed in a movie.
The film's use of flashbacks to show the backgrounds of the main characters (a device used effectively in the book to slowly reveal character and keep you on edge) were too fleeting and, even for someone who has read the book, confusing. Two other weaknesses undermine it. The lead actresses, altho lovely to look at, are sort of one-note, not very subtle actors and I didn't feel any chemistry between them that would support them developing a real passion for each other (which is rather crucial to the concept of "Affinity"!). There is also a third character who plays a critical role in the story who is only brought in minimally at the very end of the movie. If you haven't read the book, you are likely to wonder where the heck she suddenly came from and what her motivations are/were. I wonder whether they shot additional scenes with her that maybe ended up on the cutting room floor, because her placement in the movie just seems so clumsy.
The special features section of the DVD includes interviews with the director, producer and screenwriter (the great Andrew Davies, who penned the excellent screen versions of "Pride & Prejudice," "Bleak House" and "Little Dorrit"). I couldn't help thinking as I listened to these three men repeatedly refer to the women characters as "girls" and make simplistic statements about female needs and desires that the whole project would have benefitted from having women at the helm.
Sarah Waters' book "Affinity" is a really gripping, emotional story. Skip this video and read the book. The film versions of Waters' Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet, both produced by the BBC, are MUCH better and highly recommended!
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.
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.