Possession Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam, Jennifer Ehle

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A.S. Byatt's wonderful, highly literary, and all-but-unfilmable novel was brought to the screen in 2002, surprisingly, by director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Nurse Betty). It's the story of two modern-day academics in Britain (the male changed from a lower-class Brit to an American) tracking a mystery about two Victorian-era poets. Roland Michell finds the draft of a letter that suggests Randolph Henry Ash might have had contact with Christabel LaMott, and he enlists prissy, ultra-feminist scholar Maud Bailey to help him investigate. Eckhart and Paltrow are out of their depth as the moderns, Northam and Ehle do marvelous things with very little script as the Victorians. The photography, sets, and soundtrack are marvelous. A mixed bag, but a valiant attempt.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   love predicted in dream/fortune-telling Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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