Best Movies to Watch by Iain Softley

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The fate of one’s financial, interpersonal, and physical desires are intertwined through marriage, and because of these sometimes conflicting needs, most people are willing to go past what they would like to acknowledge to win the affections of the person they believe would fulfill them. Henry James’ 1902 novel The Wings of the Dove is centered on this idea, but the 1997 film adaptation softens the leads, with the striking dynamic between Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Elliott, and Linus Roache feel like it was bound with some genuine affection, mixed alongside the self-centered desires present in the novel. Readers of the original book might not appreciate this change, but overall The Wings of the Dove paints an interesting interpretation to the classic novel, and does so with all the flair standard in British period romance dramas.

Genre: Drama, Romance

Actor: Alex Jennings, Alison Elliott, Ben Miles, Charlotte Rampling, Diana Kent, Elizabeth McGovern, Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Michael Gambon, Philip Wright

Director: Iain Softley

Rating: R