Ethan Frome (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

United Kingdom/USA, 1993.  American Playhouse, British Broadcasting Corporation, Richard Price.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

If you could handle the depression of The Age Of Innocence and The House of Mirth, you shouldn’t miss this excellent adaptation of another Edith Wharton novel. It isn’t as opulent as the other two films, but is highlighted by brilliant writing and excellent acting.   plays a farmer who lives with his ailing wife () in a properly content environment. When Allen’s illnesses get too great, they decide to seek some help for the house and it comes in the form of the beautiful .  Neeson immediately takes to the young woman, finding himself bonded to her like no other woman he’s ever known before, but they are unable to do anything about it without risking complete destruction of their lives. Performances are all brilliant, particularly Allen.

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