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'Lady Chatterley'

Pascale Ferran's Lady Chatterley retells the D.H. Lawrence tale with an emphasis on the lady (Marina Hands) than on the lover. Kino International hide caption

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Pascale Ferran's Lady Chatterley retells the D.H. Lawrence tale with an emphasis on the lady (Marina Hands) than on the lover.

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  • Director: Pascale Ferran
  • Genre: Drama
  • Running Time: 168 minutes

This French retelling of the oft-filmed D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley's Lover is an erotic, explicit, and altogether tasteful cinematic romp. It is — as might be guessed from the elimination of the possessive and the last word of Lawrence's title — more about the story's aristocratic wife, Constance (Marina Hands), than it is about Oliver (Jean-Louis Coulloc'h), the estate's gamekeeper, whom she takes as a lover. Oliver slips easily into their affair, while it seems a dangerous adventure to Constance, whose discovery of the joy of sex is very nearly overshadowed by her excitement at being liberated from the social straitjacket prescribed by her position in the aristocracy. The two lovers are intriguingly paired in this version — she delicate and brave, where he's burly and vulnerable. Director Pascale Ferran has made the film as leisurely as it is sensual, while creating a robust, lush natural world for the lovers to gambol in like a latter-day Adam and Eve.

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