Langrishe, Go Down (2002)
Years before they became two of the most celebrated British actors of their generation, Jeremy Irons and Judi Dench were paired up for this dramatic tale of love and betrayal, produced for British television. Imogen Langrishe (Judi Dench) is a woman in her early thirties who lives with her sisters Helen (Annette Crosbie) and Lily (Susan Williamson) in a decaying mansion in rural Ireland as the men in her once-wealthy family are off at war. Struggling to keep herself and her siblings afloat, Imogen takes in a boarder, Otto Beck (Jeremy Irons), a moody graduate student working on his master's thesis. Spinster Imogen is quickly captivated with Otto's scruffy good looks, and he is more than willing to satisfy her sexual longings. It doesn't take long, however, for the relationship to turn sour, with dire consequences for Imogen, as well as her sisters. Langrishe, Go Down was adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter and was based on a novel by Aidan Higgins. … More
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Critic Reviews for Langrishe, Go Down
A movie that looks like a muddy second-generation Xerox and contains all the emotional and intellectual appeal of cold tea and soggy toast.
There's something haunting about the airlessness and lethargy of this tucked-away corner of the world.
The fragmented storytelling is, well, vintage Pinter, but Ms. Dench and Mr. Irons remain mesmerizing after all this time.
A flinty-eyed portrait of romantic naïveté and predatory narcissism that would likely have continued to gather dust in the archives if not for its retroactive star power.
The story is a muted melodrama made strange and haunting by the manner of its telling.
An atmospheric and subtly engrossing relationship saga.
The spectacle of two such ferocious actors going at it in the context of a complex, thoughtful drama makes this one worth going down for.
The screenplay is so very Pinter as to be positively painful.
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