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Love & Friendship

  • Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry
  • Director: Whit Stillman
  • Genre(s): Drama, Romance
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 92 min.

Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), but two particularly handsome suitors (Xavier Samuel and Tom Bennett) complicate her orchestrations.

"Finally, a Jane Austen movie that's fresh and deliciously rotten at the same time."
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A supremely elegant and delicately filigreed adaptation of Jane Austen's epistolary novella "Lady Susan.""
- Justin Chang, Variety
"Love & Friendship is quick, clever and delightful, very funny and hugely entertaining."
- Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
"A delightful comic romp that fans of the classic English author will love."
- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Love & Friendship is a comedy of manners, and manors, and more. It's a comedy of empowerment and sexual politics, dressed up in the best Austen finery."
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The language, a lyrical blend of Jane Austen and Whit Stillman, bewitches even as it stings. A sublime Kate Beckinsale digs into the role of her career. Pure pleasure."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Beckinsale is a hoot to watch as a character with no redeemable qualities, except for her cunning ability to get what she wants. You can’t help but love Lady Susan because of the evident joy she takes in being so duplicitous. Her energy is infectious."
- Nigel M Smith, The Guardian
"It’s flat-out hilarious – find me a funnier screen stab at Austen, and I’m tempted to offer your money back personally. Gliding through its compact 92 minutes with alert photography and not a single scene wasted, it’s also Stillman on the form of his life."
- Tim Robey, The Telegraph