Lady Chatterley

Lady Chatterley

Pascale Ferran (2006)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


An aristocratic woman leads a lonely, unfulfilled life caring for her distant, paralysed husband. She begins an affair with the gamekeeper, which provides the passion her life was missing - but keeping the relationship a secret proves impossible. Drama adapted from DH Lawrence's novel, starring Marina Hands and Jean-Louis Coulloc'h. In French.

Cast & Crew

Constance Marina Hands
Parkin Jean-Louis Coulloc'h
Clifford Hippolyte Girardot
Mrs Bolton Helene Alexandridis
Hilda Helene Fillieres
Constance's father Bernard Verley
Tommy Dukes Sava Lolov
Harry Winterslow Jean-Baptiste Montagut
Director Pascale Ferran
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Sex scenes and nudity.Available on: DVD