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Persuasion by Jane Austen

"Another 5-star adaptation from the BBC"

"Every actor is the very embodiment of his or her character"

"Lost love refound"

"It's Jane Austen! It's a pure joy to watch!"

Persuasion by Jane Austen

A young woman who rejects a young man's proposal meets him again years later on both are still single, but can their relationship begin again...? Based on the novel by Jane Austen. Regency drama. Starring Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds and directed by Roger Michell.

After a slow beginning, this BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's last novel, Persuasion, develops into an elegant romantic comedy. Austin combines a subtle dissection of the folly of class with a slow-burning, intensely passionate love story. Anne Elliot (Amanda Root) has loved Captain Wentworth (Ciarán Hinds) ever since she was persuaded to reject him years before. Now he has returned from the Napoleonic wars, but will love be allowed to blossom? Especially when Anne is surrounded by the selfish, petty-minded Mary, misguided by Lady Russell, and burdened by a father obsessed with fairness of countenance above all other considerations. 

Excepting a basic booklet, on-screen character biographies and a Dolby Digital soundtrack, there is nothing to distinguish the DVD from the video version. In any format, what makes this adaptation work is the sharp screenplay by Nick Dear and the naturalistic style of director Roger Mitchell, together eliciting fine performances from the ensemble cast.


"The scene where Ann and Captain Wentworth get back together is the most romantic moment I've ever seen"

"a 'woman's delight' from start to finish"

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