This film is set in the 1790’s and it is the first adaptation of Jane Austen’s novella titled Lady Susan published in 1871. Lady Susan Vernon is a beautiful widow. She has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out rumors that are circulating about her. She doesn’t want to waste any time on this visit so she sets about securing a husband for herself and one for her reluctant daughter.
Surprisingly, this movie was filmed in 26 days. There doesn’t seem to be much of a story and there really isn’t? There is a LOT of talking and worrying about decorum!! Anyone with real manners doesn’t stand a chance of staying on their feet!! Lady Susan has set a purpose for herself and she will get there by any means needed!! I liked the hairstyles, clothing, settings and mannerisms of this period. 2* (I didn’t like this movie)
92 min, Comedy directed by Whit Stillman with Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Morfydd Clark, Tom Bennett, Jenn Murray, Lochlann O’Mearain, Sophie Radermacher, Stephen Fry, Jordan Waller.
Note: Imdb 6.6 out of 10, 98% critic 61% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*,
Special Note: Filmed in Country Dublin and County Wicklow, Ireland. Sienna Miller was originally cast as Lady Susan. Beckinsale and Sevigny worked together in The Last Days of Disco of 1998, also directed by Stillman. Beckinsale hasn’t made a movie in four years.