Miss Austen Regrets: The Life and Loves of Jane Austen
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(Jan 01, 2007)
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If you've seen "Becoming Jane," another fictional story speculating on some of the intense personal relationships that may have contributed to the creation of Jane Austen's artistry and intellect, you may remember that in that film, a main theme was "the one that got away" (because James McAvoy's character and Austen did not marry because they did not believe they would have enough money).
But in "Miss Austen Regrets," the screenplay writer speculates that Jane Austen may have been far more complex than simply an old-fashioned girl who spent her spinster years pining for the men she declined in her youth.
The casting for this film is spectacular. Olivia Williams, Gretta Scacchi, Pip Torrens, and Hugh Bonneville are all compelling and moving. They play each role as smart and fully concerned characters, with the worries of their era: money, reputation, and duty.
Austen is portrayed as brilliantly witty and imposingly intelligent. Her dialogues are full of double entendres as she flirts consistently, understatedly, yet overtly with every man who attempts to engage her in conversation. The men who try to match wits with her are easily matched or exceeded.
The script is solid. Other critics have complained the script portrays Austen as a wine-loving, flirtatious and "modern" woman that she was not. I didn't watch the film with an intent to find "the truth." I evaluated the story as a story. And as a story, the premise that Austen was feisty, independent minded, and focused on her work and supporting her family is easily plausible.Read more ›
The Jane in this movie, is a successful writer and while constantly and overtly verbal, witty and intelligent, appears to be a facade for her own personal yearnings and disappointments--of wanting exactly what she pens for her characters and yet, unconsciously dissatisfied by everything, and yet, somehow hopeful too. Like in her books, Jane is painfully aware of all the social structures and rules of good society, especially as she helps her favorite niece, Fanny, pick and choose the man of her dreams. Theirs is a world where marrying, and marrying well, is a business, and in its ruthless lack of intimacy or chance of happiness, compels Jane to seek out something more, possibly something greater, but what that 'something' is, be it love itself or not, will elude her all her life. Only in her writings does she reveal her true wants, but I think this film moves beyond the idea of love and being in love, but focuses on Jane's forward thinking and the constant attack of her independence and individuality, her exploration and questioning of the status quo, of the meaning behind love and marriage, for herself more than society as a whole.Read more ›
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Watch this for the witty repartee and you will love it. It does not however focus greatly on Jane Austen's lost love but rather it focuses on the man who Jane Austen apparently... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rebecca of Amazon
The performances in this film are all strong, but three "stars" shine brighter than the rest. Olivia Williams gives a brilliant, nuanced performance as Jane Austen. Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Brian Kaufman
One of the first things you notice about this movies is how the music pulls you in. I was visiting a friend one weekend and heard the beautiful music coming from the livingroom... Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by Rusty
This movie was a huge disappointment! I felt so sad watching this total misrepresentation of Jane Austen as a giddy, shallow, drunken, woman who only cared about writing in order... Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by C. Mason