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Drama – Romantic

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The Age of Innocence (1993)

Duration 2h 19m Rating (UK) U Source of story A novel of the same name by Edith Wharton, written in 1920. Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant, Alec McCowen, Miriam Margolyes, Siân Phillips, Michael Gough, Jonathan Pryce, Claire Bloom Elevator Pitch: In the … Continue reading

Suite Française (2014)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Irène Némirovsky Director Saul Dibb Writers/Script Saul Dibb, Matt Charman Starring Michelle Williams, Kristen Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Ruth Wilson, Sam Riley, Lambert Wilson, Harriet Walter, Matthias Schoenaerts Elevator Pitch: It is 1941 and France has surrendered to the … Continue reading

The Words (2012)

Elevator Pitch A successful writer is giving a reading from his work to an important audience, which seems to be a story about a struggling author who finds a complete manuscript in an old briefcase. Unable to resist it, he retypes the story and submits it as his own, becoming succesful himself, but later, meeting … Continue reading

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Elevator Pitch A young girl and her slighty elder sister are sold by their father to a dealer who manages to pass the younger one to a geisha house, the elder disappears into a world of prostitution. As time passes the girl is taken into tutelege by Mameha, an experienced geisha and as she blossoms … Continue reading

Her (2013)

Elevator Pitch A lonely writer of letters for the literally challenged, who is going through a divorce, forms a relationship with his computer operating system  which, it is claimed by the suppliers, will learn as it goes along, and when he chooses a female voice and the system chooses a name ‘Samantha’, the scene is … Continue reading

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

Elevator Pitch Shortly after WWII a successful author enters into a correspondence with a member of “The Guernsey Literary and PPP Society”, which results in her visiting the island and feeling the need to record the experiences of the group during the occupation of the Channel Islands by the Germans during the war. She encounters … Continue reading

Madame (2017)

Elevator Pitch. Bob and Anne are a rich American couple at least temporarily living in a luxury residence in Paris. Anne is Bob’s second wife, but their marriage seems to have hit a rocky patch and both are looking round for excitement. In addition Bob is selling a valuable painting to overcome a temporary financial … Continue reading

Australia (2008)

Elevator Pitch. A young aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley, travels to the Northern Territory of Australia, to take over the cattle ranch developed by her husband who has been murdered, and on arrival finds that her cattle are being stolen and attempts made to take over her property, so she must gain the assistance of a … Continue reading

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Elevator Pitch. A wilful and intelligent young woman, the second of five daughters of a Derbyshire landowner, all of whom their mother wants to marry off, rejects a possible suitor and comes to the attention of a rich but reticent young aristocrat, who is attracted to her despite her more lowly birth; when he insults … Continue reading

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director David Lowery Writers/Script David Lowery Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine Elevator Pitch When a couple are chased down by the police after taking part in a robbery in Texas, the female shoots and wounds a policeman for which … Continue reading

Disobedience (2018 in Spain)

Duration 1h 54m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman Writers/Script Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz Additional Info No-one is saying what sort of a Jewish community this is, but more than 20,000 Haradi Jews live in an enclosed community in Stamford Hill, London. Director Sebastián Lelio Starring … Continue reading

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Peter Turner Writers/Script Matt Greenhalgh Additional Info The book was first optioned many years ago and is only the third non-Bond film made by Eon Productions. It bombed at the box office, but I expect they can afford it. … Continue reading

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book of the same name by Paul Torday. Writers/Script Simon Beaufoy Additional Info The book is presented by means of emails, press releases, reports and diary entries. This is quirky and clever, and may have been the reason for its brief celebrity, but it is … Continue reading

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The book of the same name by Thomas Hardy Writers/Script David Nicholls Additional Info Apparently the book was intended to shock Victoria readers with veiled sexual references – not really evident in the version, which is the fourth to be brought to the screen. Director Thomas … Continue reading

At Middleton (2013)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (USA) R Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Glenn German, Adam Rodgers Additional Info Taissa Farmiga, who plays Edith’s daughter, is actually her much younger sister. Andy Garcia’s daughter, Daniella, is also in it. Nothing like a bit of nepotism – but they are fine. Director Adam Rodgers Starring Andy … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

Unfaithful (2002)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A French film “The Unfaithful Wife” by Claude Chabrol Writers/Script Alvin Sargent, William Broyles Jr Additional Info Diane Lane was nominated for Best Actress in the 2003 Oscars as well as many other similar nominations. The actors had a surprising degree of influence on the script. … Continue reading

The Sense of an Ending (2017)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Julian Barnes Writers/Script Nick Payne Additional Info Tony in the book is supposed to be an unreliable narrator, virtually impossible to achieve on screen I think. Director Ritesh Batra Starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily … Continue reading

Killing Me Softly (2002)

Duration 1h 44m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A book of the same name by Nicci (Sean) French Writers/Script Kara Lindstrom Additional Info I usually read through the Wikipedia descriptions of the films I critique, and I am sometimes struck by the fact that these can differ from what is actually on screen. This … Continue reading

Seeking a Friend at the End of the World (2012)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Lorene Scafaria Director Lorene Scafaria Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Amy Schumer, Martin Sheen Elevator Pitch An asteroid is due to demolish earth in three weeks, but an insurance salesman still goes to the office. When he … Continue reading

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