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A Good Woman – Review


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.


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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