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English lit lite in this uninvolving romance from LaBute, based on the 1990 novel by A.S. Byatt. Brash and scruffy (doesn't the man own a razor?) American scholar Roland Michell (Eckhart) finds letters from 19th-century poet Randolph Henry Ash (Northam)--possibly to feminist poet Christabel LaMotte (Ehle). Michell hooks up with repressed Brit scholar Maud Bailey (bun-wearing Paltrow), an expert on Christabel, to investigate the connection. They discover the married Ash and LaMotte had a brief, passionate affair that changed their lives. The modern-day duo are too wary to get involved the same way--at least at first. Looks beautiful but is utterly predictable.

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Available on Running time 102 minutes. Originally from United States, British.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Writers, Period Piece: 19th Century, Romantic Drama, London, Adultery, Suicide, Lesbians, Poetry, Director/Star Teams: LaBute & Eckhart
Screenplay
Neil LaBute, David Henry Hwang, Laura Jones
Cast
Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam, Jennifer Ehle, Lena Headey, Toby Stephens, Tom Hickey, Trevor Eve, Tom Hollander, Graham Crowden, Anna Massey, Holly Aird, Georgia Mackenzie
Cinematography
Jean-Yves Escoffier
Director
Neil LaBute
Music
Gabriel Yared
Other
David Crozier, Claire Simpson, Andrew Sanders, Paul Ghirardani, Jenny Beavan, Luciana Arrighi
Producer
Paula Weinstein, Barry Levinson, Baltimore Pictures, Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros., Contagious Films, Focus Features

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