Whit Stillman has a delectable film in Love & Friendship (2016), based on Jane Austen’s short novel Lady Susan. A fascinating Kate Beckinsale knows how to play a perfectly in-control (if wicked) woman, and there are other terrific performers to boot.
Stillman has said that his aim in writing the movie’s script was to “up” the morality and the religion in Austen’s novel. Whether this made an ultimate difference in the finished product I don’t know, but it is a work of moral resonance as well as refreshing intelligence.
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