The House of Mirth

2000, History/Drama, 2h 23m

99 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Despite being a period piece, The House of Mirth's depiction of social cruelty still feels chilling and relevant for today. Read critic reviews

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Lily (Gillian Anderson) is a ravishing socialite who quickly discovers the precariousness of her position when her beauty and charm start attracting unwelcome interest and jealousy. She seeks a wealthy husband and, in trying to conform to social expectations, she misses her chance for real love with Lawrence Selden (Eric Stoltz). Her quest for a husband comes to a scandalous end when she is falsely accused of having an affair with a married man and is rejected by society and her friends.

Cast & Crew

Eric Stoltz
Lawrence Selden
Dan Aykroyd
Gus Trenor
Eleanor Bron
Mrs. Peniston
Terry Kinney
George Dorset
Laura Linney
Bertha Dorset
Jodhi May
Grace Stepney
Terence Davies
Screenwriter
Pippa Cross
Executive Producer
Bob Last
Executive Producer
Olivia Stewart
Producer
Alan J. Wands
Co-Producer
Adrian Johnston
Original Music
Remi Adefarasin
Cinematographer
Michael Parker
Film Editor
Don Taylor
Production Designer
Monica Howe
Costume Designer
Jan Harrison Shell
Makeup Designer
Guy Travers
Assistant Director
Adrian Johnston
Music Director
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Critic Reviews for The House of Mirth

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  • Nov 15, 2014
    I don't know what Lily ever saw in Seldon. She is a frustrating heroine because she can't make the brave choices, like marrying Rosedale, or just not paying back the debt to Trenor. I guess the point is there are bigger structural forces at play here than Lily's choices and probably no matter what she did, she'd still be doomed. Don't watch this if you are down on your luck and tend to fall in love with the wrong men.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2011
    Gillian Anderson is a perfect Lily Bart, because we realize that though the narrative is ostensibly centered on her, her blandness really lets the supporting cast shine (particularly the Lovely Laura Linney!).
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2010
    Gillian Anderson's great effort to prove that she can play a significant role outside of Dana Scully...and she can. Who is really surprising here though is Dan Aykroyd. Dan Aykroyd in a period piece? Somehow it works.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2009
    Starts off like a pretentious period piece but boy does it get meaty and substantial in a hurry. Turn of the century upper-crust, white society with a healthy measure of scandal and lavish restraint. There are some terrific performances here by some well-known and some not-so-well-known actors, but I dare you to try and take your eyes off of Gillian Anderson. Awe-inspiring.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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