Movie Mondays – Period Dramas (Amazon)

“I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave I’m afraid that cord of communion would snap. And I have a notion that I’d take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, you’d forget me.” – Jane Eyre

The Handmaiden (2017)

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An inspired adaptation of Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith. It is gorgeously depicted and is an example of extraordinary storytelling. There were two versions in the cinema, one was 145 minutes whilst the director’s cut clocked in at 168 minutes. Worth it.

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I Capture The Castle (2003)

Based on a truly wonderful novel by Dodie Smith ( best known for 101 Dalmations), I Capture The Castle is arguably one of the finest coming of age books there is. It also has one of the finest opening lines, “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it. The rest of me is on the draining board, which I have padded with our dog’s blanket and the tea-cosy.” Romola Garai is superb in the lead, Rose Byrne brilliant support and well worth watching for spotting a young Henry Cavill…

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Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

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John Malchovich, Glenn Close, Michelle Pheiffer, Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves. The book it is based on is 236 years old, this film is 30 years old yet both have a really timelessness about them. Scandalous people doing scandalous things – such fun!

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Mr Holmes (2015)

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One of Ian Mckellan’s finest performances is also one of his least seen. The story is of a long retired Sherlock Holmes who, knowing that he is near the end of the life, cannot bare the one unsolved case that got away.

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Suite Française (2015)

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A world war two drama that isn’t about those on the frontline, but those left behind and the lines that get drawn at home. Delicate lead performances from Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts make for an immensely captivating watch.

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