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The French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • 1981
  • UK
  • 12
  • Directed by: Karel Reisz
  • Written by: Harold Pinter, John Fowles (novel)
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, David Warner
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John Fowles complex, multi-layered gothic novel is brought to the screen by a dream team of talented collaborators that includes screenwriter Harold Pinter, director Karel Reisz and the perfectly matched duo of Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. In Victorian England, the gentlemanly Charles Smithson is inexorably drawn to the porcelain beauty and melancholy manner of governess Sarah, a pariah known as ‘the scarlet woman of Lyme’. In contemporary Britain, actors Anna and Mike are playing the couple in a film and experience similar feelings of infatuation. The result is a haunting, impeccably crafted exploration of forbidden love and social hypocrisy. Part of Glasgow Film Festival

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