Lady Chatterley

  • 18
  • Pascale Ferran (2006)
  • Fr / Bel (SUB)
  • 161 min
Lady Chatterley
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

DH Lawrence's notorious novel has been filmed several times, but French director Pascale Ferran is the first woman to tackle this tale of illicit love in 1920s England. Drawing on Lawrence's second version of the text, John Thomas and Lady Jane, Ferran eschews brusque softcore in depicting the passion that erupts between a naive young aristocrat and a gruffly sensitive gamekeeper. This is a meeting of souls, as Constance (Marina Hands) is rescued from the tedious companionship of her convalescing husband (Hippolyte Girardot) and his judgemental nurse (Hélène Alexandridis) by the understanding Parkin (Jean-Louis Coulloc'h), who can not only provide her with the affection she needs, but also the child she craves. There's plenty of nudity and physicality, but the sex is never bestial or lewd, as Ferran equates their passion with the natural world that offers her an escape from the stuffiness of an ancestral hall and him an opportunity to forget the perils of the mines.

Plot Summary

Period romantic drama starring Marina Hands. Finding life with her war-wounded husband dull and frustrating, naive aristocrat Constance Chatterley succumbs to the gruff charms of the gamekeeper on their estate.

Cast and crew


Constance Chatterley
Marina Hands
Jean-Louis Coulloc'h
Sir Clifford Chatterley
Hippolyte Girardot
Mrs Bolton
Hélène Alexandridis
Hélène Fillières
Sir Malcolm, Constance's father
Bernard Verley
Charlotte Parkin
Siane Lemoine
Tommy Dukes
Sava Lolov
Harry Winterslow
Jean-Baptiste Montagut
Christelle Hes


Pascale Ferran

Other Information

French +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Sex scenes and nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 24 Aug 2007
Certificate 18
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd