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The Portrait of a Lady

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United Kingdom, United States
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1996

Rated PG-13 · 2h 24m

Director Jane Campion
Starring Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Mary-Louise Parker

Genre Drama, Romance

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Ms. Isabel Archer isn't afraid to challenge societal norms. Impressed by her free spirit, her kindhearted cousin writes her into his fatally ill father's will. Suddenly rich and independent, Isabelle ventures into the world, along the way befriending a cynical intellectual and romancing an art enthusiast. However, the advantage of her affluence is called into question when she realizes the extent to which her money colors her relationships.

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Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

A splendid adaptation that will be hard for the others to match. The Portrait of a Lady, directed by Jane Campion, brings intelligence and sensitivity to a story rich in psychological subtlety and sociological detail.

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