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USA: Kino International
UK: Artificial Eye Film
Cast: Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Hippolyte Girardot, Helene Alexandridis, Helene Fillieres, Bernard Verley, Sava Lolov, Jean-Baptiste Montagut, Michel Vincent, Christelle Hes, Joël Vandael, Jacques De Bock, Ninon Bretecher, Anne Benoît, Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, Nathalie Eno, Jean-Michel Vovk, William Atkinson
Director: Pascale Ferran
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 168 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong sex and nudity
USA Release Date: 13 July 2007 (Limited Release - Los Angeles)
USA Release Date: 22 June 2007 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 24 August 2007 (Limited Release)
Well-born Lady Constance Reid (Marina Hands), is only 23 when she marries the irresistible Cambridge graduate, lieutenant and mine owner Clifford Chatterley (Hippolyte Girardot). But their perfect existence is not to last. Clifford soon enters the army, the year being 1917, and when he returns from the front in Flanders he is a broken man, condemned to spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. The young couple move to one of the Chatterley's vast wooded estates tended by servants. Constance feels lonely, isolated and bored, remembering how before her marriage she enjoyed long trips abroad and socialising with artists and students of her own age.
But it is her taciturn gamekeeper, of all people, a man whose life and background is so diametrically opposed to her own, and in whom she initially has no interest, who is to prove to be the man to awaken in Lady Chatterley a desire she has never felt before. She in turn provides for him a slow return to the world of the living and from his self imposed isolation in the woods.
The remarkably tender and touching performances by all the leads is a joy: the film maintains a moving and breathtaking beauty.
Every frame of the movie seems alive: with risk, with pleasure, with a sensuality that is both wild and intelligent.