DVD Review: Possession

16 Nov

Plot: Set in both contemporary and Victorian England, ‘Possession’, directed by Neil LaBute, is based on the novel by A.S. Byatt. The tale begins with Roland Michell (Aaron Eckhart), a laid-back American studying the renowned Victorian poet Randolph Henry Ash (Jeremy Northam) on a fellowship. When Roland discovers what may be a love letter from Ash, a supposedly devoted husband, to the reclusive poet Christabel LaMotte (Jennifer Ehle), he recognizes that he’s on to a big literary discovery. Enlisting the help of skeptical British academic Maud Bailey (Gwyneth Paltrow), Roland embarks on journey to discover more about the link between the two revered poets. As Roland and Maud track Ash and LaMotte’s elusive romance across the British countryside, the two scholars begin a relationship of their own.

I have always seen this title everytime I browse for DVDs to rent from Amazon but was initially turned off because of what seems to be a misleading image on the DVD cover. It gave me the impression that it was some erotic film. Anyway, I decided to rent it after checking what its all about and boy was I glad having done that for I have truly come across a real gem of a film, I loved it so much I saw it twice the same night!

In the two love stories essayed in the film, I was more drawn to the love story between Ash and LaMotte, which was wonderfully played by both Jeremy Northam and Jennifer Ehle. Northam as Randolph Ash looked so desperately and passionately enamoured by LaMotte and perhaps it was the poetry that made it all the more so moving. Ehle always shines, it’s that luminous look on her face that you always see in every role she takes on, as Lizzie Bennet previously in Pride and Prejudice, and now as the torn between two loves Christabel. Their love story gave me a real sense of hopelessly wanting to love and be loved hopelessly in return.

Possession: 3.5/5

2 Responses to “DVD Review: Possession”

  1. pedro73 November 25, 2006 at 10:35 am #

    It looks original and the cast is excellent. I will take a look when possible.
    And the background of the cover is really beautiful.

  2. Simone November 26, 2006 at 8:56 pm #

    A part of me wants to go to Yorkshire one day. ;D

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