Up At The Villa (2000)

PHILIP HAAS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

United Kingdom/USA, 2000.  October Films, Intermedia Films, Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Paul Brown.  Film Editing by .  

Not the liveliest film around, this is a handsome and elegant adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s novel. It stars Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman caught in one dangerous relationship with Sean Penn and nearly ruined by a fleeting encounter with .   Anne Bancroft stands out as one of the grand dames living in the countryside of Italy where the story takes place. Philip Haas is stepping a notch down from his previous film, the excellent Angels and Insects (also starring Scott Thomas), but with actors like these and such gorgeous settings (the production design being an especial plus) I found it worth sticking around for.

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