Fanny Price's mother made the mistake of marrying for love, while her sister, Lady Bertram, married for position and became Lady Bertram. Now it is 1806, and young Fanny goes to live with her relatives the Bertrams at Mansfield Park. She likes her cousin Edmund the best, but neighbor Henry Crawford is attracted to sharp and pretty Fanny, and her uncle Lord Bertram pushes the match. Fanny has a mind of her own, however -- she writes a lot, unusual in a young woman of the time -- and requests that Henry prove his worth, which irritates her uncle. But the Bertram fortune hides a secret or two which may tip the balance of power in this genteel struggle. This 1999 adaptation of Jane Austen, written and directed by Patricia Rozema, is a little more adventuresome in some ways: Rozema used excerpts from Austen's own journals and letters and adapted them to her heroine. The movie is sunny and pretty, but not terribly deep: it too obviously stacks the deck for and against its characters. But O'Connor is perhaps the most winsome of the 1990s Austen heroines.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus