House of Mirth (2000)
When a woman has the beauty men admire and women envy...it is wise to tread carefully.
|Lily bart is a socialite who discovers the precariousness of her position when her beauty and charm start attracting uninvited attention. Her search for a husband comes to a scandalous end when she is falsely accused of having an affair with a married man.|
"One of the best films of the year! A crowning achievement! Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteTerence Davies (DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES) triumphs with his sumptuous, painterly adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel, which is set amid the vicious moneyed classes of 1905 New York and features a heartrending, perfectly nuanced performance by Gillian Anderson as doomed heroine Lily Bart. Lily, though strikingly beautiful and socially prominent, remains unmarried at the late age of 29. She jokes that marriage is a woman's vocation, but she is conflicted between her desire to marry a wealthy man and her love for handsome, elegant Lawrence Selden (Eric Stoltz), who, unforgivably, must work for a living. Lily's options begin to narrow, however, when her backstabbing friend, Bertha Dorset (Laura Linney), informs potential suitors of her gambling debts. In a world where the slightest hint of impropriety equals social death, Lily's self-professed genius in doing the wrong thing at the right time leads to trouble. A potential solution to Lily's downward social spiral arrives when a useful secret falls into her lap. In order to save herself, Lily must struggle with her naïveté, pride, and ineptitude at playing the elite's deadly, coded game. Davies's beautifully composed, richly textured images and Anderson's skillful evocation of quiet desperation make for a visually stunning, emotionally resonant tale.
Cast & Crew
|Edith Wharton - Based On Novel By|
|Terrence Davies - Director|
|Remi Adefarasin - Director of Photography|
|Adrian Johnston - Musical Score|
|Pippa Cross, et al. - Producer|
|Terence Davies - Screenplay|