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Drama - Romantic

Serena (2014)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A book of the same name by Ron Rash
Writers/Script Christopher Kyle
Additional Info This movie spent a long time in post production. Because they needed to redo some dialogue, due to aircraft noise, they tried to buy Lawrence out of Hunger Games for one day. It would have been more expensive than the whole production budget.
Director Susanne Bier
Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones
Elevator Pitch In the woods of North Carolina in 1929 George Pemberton administers a timber empire. He woos and marries Serena, who in one way or another begins to control his life and business empire. A local group wants to turn his property into a national park, a former servant turns up with his illegitimate child and when his wife has a miscarriage things begin to fall apart.
Content Time in the forest felling trees, with consequent injuries to incautious workers. Dining and dancing during the romance. Various meetings as the future of the timber empire is discussed. Some hunting out in the forest. Some sex but limited nudity, probably a bit of drinking but I honestly don’t remember (maybe I dropped off for a bit).
A View This film is presented as a sort of a saga, possibly intended to capitalise on the success of Silver Linings Playbook, but it lacks something – maybe a credible story. I did not like it, and as it turns out nor did the critics, and its time in post production shows that no-one was happy with it. Even if you like romantic dramas, probably not worth your time.

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