The story is about a British woman Kate who is prevented by following her true love by her rich aunt. She is torn between love or wealth. Kate is a British woman with no money of her own whose mother was born into wealth but threw it all away to marry Kate's father a penniless drug addict.
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After her mothers passing, Kate is offered to stay with her wealthy and controlling aunt Maude. Maude is persistent in wanting Kate to marry off to somebody wealthy and of her aunt's choosing. Kate loves Merton Densher a an ill-paid journalist who wants to marry her but is skeptical of her intentions, despite her telling him to wait for her while she sorts out her dilemma.
Maude forbids the marriage and goes as far as threatening to cut off the weekly shillings she pays Kate's father.
One day Kate is introduced to a wealthy young American Orphan by the name of Millie Theale. Her and Millie become good friends quite fast and is asked to accompany Millie and her friend Susan to Venice,Italy. Millie happens to meet Merton and is quite smitten by him and asks him to join them on the trip.
Kate finds out that Millie is terminally ill, and wants to see Europe before she dies. Kate plans to have Millie fall in love with Merton, so that when she passes he can inherit her wealth and Kate can satisfy her aunt and allow them to marry. Merton is not thrilled about her scheme, but can't resist the opportunity.
Best part of story, including ending:
This story is definitely not entertaining. It is quite depressing but I was intrigued by the compelling story line.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene would be when Kate and Merton meet secretly and plan a trip to Italy.
Opinion about the main character:
I sympathize with the main character of the movie. What I like is how she displayed so much emotion and versatility and was able to draw you in.