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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Everyone is too harsh on this film

    I have just seen House of mirth this weekend. Even though it is a bit long winded at times it was never the less an enjoyable film. I won't bore you with the details but just give a quick outline. Lily Bart (Gillian Anderson), a young socialite in the 19th century in New York, quickly goes from one diaster to the next. She has the reputation for being on a hunt for a husband (''why don't you say it Judy, I have the reputation for being on a hunt for a husband'' ) but she really only ever has her one heart caught and captured by the exclusive Mr Lawrance seldon (Eric Stolz), a man whom Lily has known for a long time. However Lily has gambling debts and in a moment of askance, she asks gus Trenor, her friends husband to look after the little money she has left. however it turns out that he took some of his money and invested it for herand after awhile wants it back. Mr rosedale (played by Anthony lapaglia) is interested in Lily but she hates him. however as the movie progresses we find out he is not as bad as everyone thinks he is. It is a sad but melonchony piece of film. Even though the film makers did not rely on a musican to write them a soundtrack for this film, the beautiful classical music they use for this film, sufices. Gillian Anderson does an extremely good job as Lily Bart and is very believable in the role. the other characters just skim over the film. laura Linney plays not a nice character in the film - you would not have guessed she was the same one, who was in You can count on me. However I did not like the way it ended - with Lily dying and mr Seldon, only realising too late (as is the way with all these sort of novels and films) he loves Lily. it is a film about the sobering force of poverty and what happens when the little tempetations of life get the better of you. it also gives an insight into the fact, that it is not how much money you have, but the way you chose to live with that money. A good historical romance, if you are in the mood for something intense (however I do warn you not to watch it with a male - they won't be able to stand all the crying in it done by the female stars) A worthwhile film to see

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