Eight and a half years ago, Anne Elliott (Root) was persuaded by Lady Russell (standing in for Anne's deceased mother) to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young and promising sailor who did not have great family connections. Now 27 and nearly a spinster (the year is 1814), Anne suddenly encounters Frederick again, when her impoverished father rents out the family estate to Admiral Croft, whose wife is Frederick's sister.
Now that the Napoleonic Wars are over, Captain Wentworth is a rich and successful officer, though still quiet and shy. Anne's silly cousin William is heir to the manor and strongly rumored to be engaged to marry Anne, so Frederick ostensibly courts Louisa Musgrove. Do the two "old" lovers still yearn for each other? How will they get together again? This 1995 British film was shot on a lean budget, totally on location and with only natural light. The actors wear little or no makeup, and the result is a sort of "untidy realism" that looks a little cheap and grainy, but for my money is the best Austen film adaptation of the 1990s. Over the course of the story, Root manages a miraculous translation from fairly plain and severe to beautifully alive.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus