Possession

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Released 2002

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Director:
Neil LaBute
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Possession is a 2002 film based on the award-winning novel by A.S. Byatt. In the film, American literary scholar Roland Michell (Aaron Eckhart) uncovers a pair of love letters written by one of his idols, the poet Randold Henry Ash (Jeremy Northam). The letters suggest a love affair between Ash and another poet named Christabel LaMotte (Jennifer Ehle). Michell seeks out the assistance of another scholar, Maud Bailey (Gwyneth Paltrow) to determine whether the romance between the Victorian-era poets was indeed genuine. Bailey is an expert on the life of LaMotte and is skeptical of Michell's theory. Michell, however, is convinced and the two of them begin a journey throughout England to try and prove his theory. Along the way, they encounter a rival scholar named Fergus Wolfe (Toby Stephens). As they frantically try to discover the truth of the affair and prevent Wolfe from stealing their ideas, Michell and Bailey slowly begin to realize that they may be falling in love as well.moreless

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  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    LaBute has had middling success at best, having come up with a passably engaging time-jumping romantic melodrama that at least grapples seriously with one of the novel's most poten...

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Possession is in the end an honorable, interesting failure. It falls far short of poetry, but it's not bad prose.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    LaBute can't avoid a fatal mistake in the modern era: He's changed the male academic from a lower-class Brit to an American, a choice that upsets the novel's exquisite balance and ...

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Drama

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Love & Romance