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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Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica. In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely.

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Kate Beckinsale
as Lady Susan Vernon Martin
Chloë Sevigny
as Alicia Johnson
Xavier Samuel
as Reginald DeCourcy
Morfydd Clark
as Frederica Vernon
Emma Greenwell
as Catherine Vernon
Justin Edwards
as Charles Vernon
Stephen Fry
as Mr Johnso
Tom Bennett
as Sir James Martin
Jenn Murray
as Lady Manwaring
James Fleet
as Sir Reginald DeCourcy
Jemma Redgrave
as Lady DeCourcy
Lochlann O'Mearain
as Lord Manwarinng
Jordan S. Waller
as Edward, Head Footman
Jordan Waller
as Edward, Head Footman
Frank Prendergast
as Approaching Gentleman
Conor Lambert
as Wilson The Butler
Conor MacNeill
as The Young Curate
Frank Melia
as Coachman
Sylvie Benoiton
as Vernon Children
Daniel Magee
as Vernon Children
Rowan Finken
as Footmen
David Timbs
as Footman
James Crerar
as Footman
John Brennan
as Footman
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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.

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

    Kate Erbland

    Top Critic
  • 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.

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

    Jul 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.

    Jun 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Adapted with great warmth and wit ...

    May 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Stillman doesn't upend the Austen formula, he burrows into it and embraces all its trappings. The snappy dialogue, meanwhile, rewards a finely tuned ear and will thrill all lovers of language.

    May 27, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love & Friendship


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.

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familiar stranger

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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A delightful comedy and a welcome return to form for writer/ director Whit Stillman.

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Michael S

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