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Rated R · 168 minutes · 2007

Drama
D.H. Lawrence wrote three versions of the novel that we know as Lady Chatterley's Lover. Pascale Ferran adapts the second version, John Thomas and Lady Jane (the pet names of Lady Chatterley and her gamekeeper lover for their sex organs) into a masterful 168-minute piece of storytelling that never ceases to be gripping in spite of its measured pace. Ferran proves that a distinction between sensual and sexual art is worth making. There are also class issues: The heroine (Marina Hands) is happily married to an invalid, impotent war veteran (Hippolyte Girardot), who signals his acceptance of someone else from the same class fathering his heir. But since it's his gamekeeper (Jean-Louis Coulloch), the affair is kept secret. Ferran's sureness in charting every step in the couple's discovery of each other never falters; when they eventually find the opportunity to remove their clothes before having sex, it's a major achievement, and celebrated as such.
Official Site: www.kino.com/ladychatterley/#Scene_1
Director: Pascale Ferran
Writer: Roger Bohbot and Pascale Ferran
Producer: Gilles Sandoz
Cast: Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coullo'ch, Hippolyte Girardot, Helene Alexandridis, Helene Fillieres, Bernard Verley, Sava Lolov, Jean-Baptiste Montagut, Michel Vincent and Christelle Hes

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