“Love & Friendship” Review

Love & Friendship PosterLove & Friendship (2016)

“…the audience is being joyfully manipulated into liking…”

Love & Friendship” is a new movie by Whit Stillman and an adaptation of a short novel by Jane Austen “Lady Susan”. The plot is rather simple: the 1790s, a recently widowed Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), together with her American confidante Alicia Johnson (Chloe Sevigny), arrives to spend some days at her brother’s estate Churchill where she becomes the centre of spiteful rumours as a consequence of her past and present flirtations in accordance with her character. Soon upon arrival, Lady Susan submits to her charm a young bachelor of the estate Reginald DeCourcy. However, the matters are complicated further when Lady Susan’s daughter Frederica is brought to Churchill soon after, Frederica’s suitor Sir James Martin also makes his presence, and the situation of Lady Susan’s previous stay at Langford becomes clearer.  Continue reading ““Love & Friendship” Review”