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Washington Square Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, Ben Chaplin, Maggie Smith

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Washington Square

WASHINGTON SQUARE is a film based on the Henry James novel and directed by Agnieszka Holland in 1997.

Dr. Austin Sloper's wife died while giving birth to Catherine. The young girl has dedicated her life to her father until the day she meets Morris Townsend, a good-looking young man who is unemployed. The doctor is persuaded that Morris is flirting with his daughter with the hope to take advantage of the Sloper's fortune. But Catherine has deeply fallen in love with Morris and the young man seems sincere.

In order to separate out the two lovers, the doctor sails to Europe with Catherine and comes back only after a year. Meanwhile, Morris has waited for Catherine's return in the company of Lavinia Penniman, Austin's sister. The affectionate relation between Catherine and her father has now come to an end as the young woman has decided to marry Morris without her father's consent. But when Morris learns that Catherine shall be disowned if she does so, he prefers to leave her.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   19th century Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchbreaker interference Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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