The House Of Mirth


(out of 5)

Be prepared for a very heavy experience when you sit down to watch Terence Davies’ adaptation of Edith Wharton’s tragic novel. Lily Bart () is a single New York woman who naively pursues her pleasure while surrounded by people with more calculated aims. She comes to understand the cunning of her friend Bertha (Laura Linney), a woman who uses Lily’s innocence to cover up for her own extramarital infidelity, but when a twist of fate puts the ball in Lily’s court, she has the opportunity to use it to get out of her own trouble or maintain her personal standard.  Anderson’s performance couldn’t be more vulnerable and moving, and watching this woman who simply cannot survive by hurting others really is unforgettable viewing. Davies’ feel for the period is letter perfect, though his turning Wharton’s sardonic and disconnected narrative into high tragedy will turn some viewers off.

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United Kingdom/France/Germany/USA, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by Terence Davies, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2000

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New York Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Actress (Gillian Anderson)
Best Director (Terence Davies)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Production Design (Don Taylor)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Actress (Gillian Anderson)

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Costume Design
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film

Toronto Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Performance, Female (Gillian Anderson)
Best Supporting Performance, Female (Laura Linney)



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