Possession

Gifted director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Nurse Betty) gets all literary and costume drama on us by tackling this adaptation of A.S. Byatt’s 1990 novel—LaBute co-wrote the screenplay with noted playwright David Henry Hwang—about a mystery in which two entirely too sexy academics (Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart) discover a forbidden epistolary love between a pair of Victorians (Jennifer Ehle, Jeremy Northam). The juxtaposition of a period romance and a modern one is sorta cool, but a novel about reading letters doesn’t necessarily make a compelling motion picture. And it’s telling that the two buttoned-up lovers from 100 years earlier create more heat than the modern pair. As movies about literary suspense go, it’s much better than Roman Polanski’s The Ninth Gate, a horrible cinematic version of Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas, but it’s no great shakes either.

Credits

Director:

  • Simon Sandquist

Cast:

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Lee Pace
  • Michael Landes
  • Chelah Horsdal
  • Tuva Novotny
  • Dhirendra

Writers:

  • Jae-yong Gwak
  • Michael Petroni
  • Min-ho Song
  • Won-mi Byun

Producers:

  • Alexander Yves Brunner
  • Bob Yari
  • Bradley Jenkel
  • Choon-yeon Lee
  • Doug Davison
  • Guy East
  • Moo-seung Park
  • Nigel Sinclair
  • Roy Lee
  • Shawn Williamson
  • Sonny Mallhi

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