Love & Friendship

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Love & Friendship finds director Whit Stillman bringing his talents to bear on a Jane Austen adaptation -- with a thoroughly delightful period drama as the result.

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In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy (Xavier Samuel).

Cast & Crew

Kate Beckinsale
Lady Susan Vernon Martin
Xavier Samuel
Reginald De Courcy
Morfydd Clark
Frederica Vernon
Emma Greenwell
Catherine Vernon
Tom Bennett
Sir James Martin
James Fleet
Sir Reginald DeCourcy
Jemma Redgrave
Lady DeCourcy
Justin Edwards
Charles Vernon
Jenn Murray
Lady Lucy Manwaring
Stephen Fry
Mr. Johnson
Whit Stillman
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Richard Van Oosterhout
Cinematographer
Sophie Corra
Film Editor
Benjamin Esdraffo
Original Music
Anna Rackard
Production Design
Louise Mathews
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Critic Reviews for Love & Friendship

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  • Love & Friendship may not be traditional Austen, but it's pretty stellar Stillman.

    January 2, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
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  • Tone in Jane Austen is all-important, hinging on a delicate balance between the tender and the sardonic. Whit Stillman captures it perfectly in the trailer for Love & Friendship. In the film itself, the hinge creaks a bit.

    July 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Kate Beckinsale takes much of the credit for the film's success.

    July 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Love & Friendship is Jane Austen with the romance drained out, exposing the pragmatism and the economic urgency underneath. That sounds grim, but the result is actually a tart, fizzy delight from Metropolitan director Whit Stillman.

    June 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • I've never been much of a Jane-ite, myself. Converted now, though.

    May 29, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is the zingiest Austen adaptation you'll ever see, with the usual pastel palette and slow decorum abandoned in favour of acid colours and acid remarks, which keep the audience in stitches.

    May 27, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Love & Friendship

  • Jul 27, 2017
    Movies based on Jane Austin tend to feature strong females in an era where females have to be quite indirect to achieve their goals. Love and Friendship is no exception. I had troubles with the language - I appreciated that pauses where the movie told me who the characters were.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2017
    Based on a Jane Austen novella, Love & Friendship is a rather fun and witty comedy. The story follows a scandal ridden young widow name Lady Susan who goes to live with her sister-in-law in the countryside and works to get her daughter married off. Kate Beckinsale leads the cast and gives an excellent performance, masterfully delivering the satiric humor. And the director does a great job at keeping the tone lighthearted and whimsical. While not the usual Jane Austen fare, Love & Friendship has a quirky sense of humor that's quite charming in its way.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2016
    I love the English language, and it is a delightful pleasure to listen to Jane Austen's delicious and funny dialogue from the mouths of such a wonderful cast (especially Kate Beckinsale and Tom Bennett), and the film benefits from a jaw-dropping production and costume design.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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