Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. United Kingdom/USA, 1993. American Playhouse, British Broadcasting Corporation, Richard Price. Screenplay by Richard Nelson, based on the novel by Edith Wharton. Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski. Produced by Stan Wlodkowski. Music by Rachel Portman. Production Design by Andrew Jackness. Costume Design by Carol Oditz. Film Editing by Katherine Wenning.
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. Liam Neeson plays a farmer who lives with his ailing wife (Joan Allen) 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 Patricia Arquette. 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.