Love and Friendship (2016)

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Whit Stillman directs Kate Beckinsale, Tom Bennett and Chloe Sevingny in this adaptation of an abandoned Jane Austen work.

A beautiful and efficient adaptation that adds little new to the ever growing Austen filmography. The dresses are appropriately gorgeous and the cast are up to the job (though some of the mid-level parts could have found a bigger, starrier name or three). It only really comes to independent life, however, when Tom Bennett’s thick as granite suitor goes on a rambling daft monologue or Sevingny’s décolletage looks like it is going to explode in breathy mischief.

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