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Victorian-era drama, adapted from an H. E. Bates novel, has young Bella (Davidtz) pregnant and abandoned by super-cad Arch (Wise) whom she sets out to find. After a miscarriage, she is taken in by the Wainwright family where she becomes the object of the affections of the three grown sons. Predictably, she falls for and weds the troubled loafer, Con (Chaplin). Naturally (this being Victorian England) tragedy results. Well-crafted, a given considering the producers, but ultimately a familiar telling of an average story. Feature film debut for director Menaul, after an award-winning career in British TV.

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Available on Running time 116 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, Period Piece: 19th Century, Romantic Triangles, Producers: Merchant Ivory, Women, Great Britain, Family Drama
Christopher Neame
Embeth Davidtz, Ben Chaplin, Tom Bell, Gemma Jones, James Purefoy, Kenneth Anderson, Greg Wise
Peter Sova
Christopher Menaul
Zbigniew Preisner
Christopher Neame, Henry Herbert, Ismail Merchant, Paul Bradley, Merchant-Ivory Productions, Touchstone Pictures

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