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A Good Woman – Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Wealthy American Robert (Umbers) and his new bride Meg (Johansson) arrive on the Amalfi coast, where they settle in among the ex-pat community.
Chief among them are a group of aging, amiable toffs – led by Tuppy (Wilkinson), a charming, young British aristocrat, Lord Darlington (Moore) and a mysterious, New York Socialite, Mrs Erlynne (Hunt).
Against the backdrop of the build-up to a birthday bash, thrown in Meg’s honour, a series of misunderstandings and incorrect assumptions play havoc with the emotional ties that bind the characters together.
Illicit affairs seem justified and relationships seem threatened – but as secrets are revealed, it becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

This adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windermere’s Fan” is just what’s required from a period piece: lavish costumes and locations, quaint morality and unrequited love.
And as you’d expect from Wilde’s pen, it’s overflowing with unfortunate misunderstandings, coincidences and one-liners so sharp and frequent, it’s often hard to keep up.
The performances fit the time and the place, but the direction seems laboured and the overall story a little flat.
In an age when cinema-going audiences expect increasingly different and brave films, this will ultimately appeal largely to those whose tastes are firmly routed in the past.

Opens nationwide on 13th May 2005

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