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  • 2002
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Neil LaBute
  • Written by: David Henry Hwang, Laura Jones, Neil LaBute, A S Byatt (novel)
  • Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Northam, Jennifer Ehle
  • Language: English, French

Adapted from AS Byatt's Booker Prize-winning novel, Possession takes place in two time-frames. In present-day London, lowly university researcher Roland Michell (Eckhart) and brilliant feminist don Maud Bailey (Paltrow) are thrown together by the discovery of a cache of letters that suggest that two Victorian poets - Randolph Henry Ash (Northam) and Christabel LaMotte (Ehle) - were secret lovers. But as the academics pursue a series of clues, their own experiences begin to echo the 19th-century lovers. While LaBute can't hope to replicate the pleasures of the page, he does bear out Byatt's sly thesis that her Victorian couple were less hung-up about love and sex than their angst-ridden modern counterparts.

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