A Handful of Dust Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rupert Graves

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Brenda Last (Kristin Scott Thomas), the wife of a rich and well-meaning country gentleman, has an affair with a smooth, handsome, and penniless young aristocrat (Rupert Graves), caring nothing about her husband. She is bored after seven years of living in the country, and Hetton, the huge, magnificent English mansion packed with servants, is no longer enough for her to be happy. She rents an apartment in London, under the pretense of studying economics, and sees her lover there. Her husband Tony (James Wilby) learns about the affair at the worst possible time: shortly after an accident that has taken a life of his son. Tony's world collapses. There comes a point where he cannot take it anymore, and he leaves, joining an expedition to the jungles of Brazil. The expedition falls apart, and Tony ends up a hostage of a mad explorer, Todd (Alec Guinness).
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   marriage going to pieces Wandering in wilderness    -   Yes wilderness plot    -   being chased in the wilderness Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   simply wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Jungles?    -   Yes Jungles    -   lost city Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Is this movie based on a    -   book

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