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Possession

  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • 2002
  • Neil LaBute
  • 97 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Romantic drama based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by AS Byatt, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. Two academic sleuths fall under the spell of two Victorian poets they are researching, and eventually make a fascinating discovery.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This wispy, time-shifting romance represents a clumsy change of pace for edgy director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Nurse Betty). His adaptation of AS Byatt's 1990 Booker Prize-winning novel evokes neither the poetry nor the passion of its source, while Gwyneth Paltrow and LaBute regular Aaron Eckhart phone in their drippy performances as literary sleuths researching the amorous secrets of bisexual Victorian poet Jennifer Ehle and her married lover Jeremy Northam. As the contemporary academics unearth the truth behind their dry studies - and LaBute bodice-rips away in arch 19th-century flashbacks - they find themselves falling under the spell of their subjects' romantic obsession. Low on mystery and emotional engagement, but high on Americans abroad clichés and chocolate-box settings, this is a frostily remote French Lieutenant's Woman wannabe.

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Credits

Cast

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Maud BaileyGwyneth Paltrow
Roland MichellAaron Eckhart
Randolph Henry AshJeremy Northam
Christabel LaMotteJennifer Ehle
Blanche GloverLena Headey
Dr Fergus WolfeToby Stephens
Professor BlackadderTom Hickey
Prof Mortimer CropperTrevor Eve
EuanTom Hollander
Sir George BaileyGraham Crowden
Lady BaileyAnna Massey
Ellen AshHolly Aird
PaolaGeorgia MacKenzie

Crew

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DirectorNeil LaBute

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2002-10-25
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Sex scene.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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