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A VILLAGE AFFAIR
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Based on the bestselling novel by Joanna Trollope
Recently returned to England from New York City, vivacious heiress Clodagh Unwin befriends a couple new to her village. The husband is entranced by the young aristocrat, but Clodagh has eyes for someone else: his wife, Alice.
Alice has a gilded life--beautiful children, a handsome husband, and a stately home. Secretly, she’s depressed after the birth of her third child and unhappy in her marriage. Clodagh proves irresistible. But when tongues start wagging, the women learn that love might not be enough.
Based on the bestselling novel by Joanna Trollope (Friday Nights, The Rector’s Wife) and filmed in picturesque countryside, this British production stars Sophie Ward (The Shell Seekers), Kerry Fox (Welcome to Sarajevo), Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries), Jeremy Northam (Emma, The Tudors), Michael Gough (Batman), and Claire Bloom, with a young Keira Knightley in one of her first screen roles.
DVD FEATURES INCLUDE cast filmographies and Joanna Trollope biography.
Top Customer Reviews
The bias against gay sex comes with the decision of her husband, who one imagines would have been more tolerant of a heterosexual affair. His response to the betrayal comes off as abnormally unglued. Infidelity is infidelity. Never nice, never easy to forgive. But people do manage to forgive, especially a first time offense.
The counterpoint to this bias is the subtext that gay sex is better than the hetero version. This idea is conveyed by juxtaposing two candidates for an affair: one a lounge lizard male, the other an exuberant female. It seems an easy choice to make, and a relatively more healthy one since the gay affair also restores Alice to a sense of vitality. But Alice's character, sedate and obedient as it is, is not one to make this choice, at least not so quickly and so freely. Her decision seems imposed upon her by a too eager writer who has a lesson to teach.
Perhaps the deeper problem, dramatically, is what is supposed to be an ideal marriage. Although we get many signals that all is not right, we don't ever quite grasp what is wrong. I didn't read the book, but would have liked more backstory as to what this couple is all about, before things begin to unravel.
These issues aside, the film offers excellent acting, particularly by Sophie Ward and Nathaniel Parker.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lonely wife with successful husband and three children dallies with a worldly-wise, possessive, selfish flirt. Everybody cries. Lives ruined. Good job.Published 1 month ago by Miss La
I am a Sophie Ward fan but this film was a waste of my time & her talent. It was slow, boring & depressing.Published 3 months ago by B. Brasfield
good story line, good acting. enjoyed also seeing a very young keira knightley in one of her first rolesPublished 17 months ago by betty daugherty
I love lesbian romances that aren't too youthful or edgy (or political), and this fits the bill plus I liked the English village setting. Read morePublished 21 months ago by soda
Based on a 1989 book by romance author Joanna Trollope, this soapy 1995 UK flick follows the lives of pretty Alice Jordan and her boring husband Martin once they move into a quaint... Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by kindle reader
I have enjoyed this dvd. It has a good story and was well produced. I would recommend this to other period drama lovers.Published on March 11, 2013 by Thomas A. Baumgarten
The story is boring and predictable. It is a waste of money. For the major characters, the acting is marginal, the set is OK. Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by wombat