• 2011
  • UK
  • 1h 55min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Madonna
  • Written by: Madonna, Alek Keshishian
  • Cast: Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy, Andrea Riseborough, Oscar Isaac
  • UK release: 20 January 2012

Madonna's second film as director focuses on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson and parallels the story with a contemporary tryst between a married woman a Russian security guard. Flatly acted and stiffly structured, the film's brazenly sumptuous look and gorgeous costumes give it a substantial entertainment value, even if the results are patchy.

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5 Jan 20122 stars

Occasionally perceptive but overall flat second movie from Madonna

(15) 119min Madonna’s second film as director after the forgotten comedy Filth and Wisdom aims considerably higher. The initials W.E. refer to the joint signature of American divorcee Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, whose relationship shook the…

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