The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

Jane Campion directs Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich and Barbara Hershey in this feminist adaptation of Henry James’ classic novel about a young heiress marrying the wrong man.

It looks elegant down to the very last stitch, Campion adds jolts of formal disruption and on paper you couldn’t find a more appropriate cast. Yet it never comes to life, never grabs you. Cinematic taxidermy.


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