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Lady Chatterley

(2007) *** Unrated
162 min. Kino International. Director: Pascale Ferran. Cast: Marina Hands, Hippolyte Girardot, Jean-Louis Coulloch, Helene Alexandridis, Helene Fillieres.
D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover has been adapted several times for film, but few realize Lawrence wrote three entirely distinct novels about a wife thrillingly cuckolding her husband with the gamekeeper of their country estate (the author called the third version definitive). Pascale Ferran's film Lady Chatterley adapts the lesser-known second version, Lady Jane and John Thomas, keeping its verbal reticence and added emphasis on expansive, metaphorical vegetation. Trimmed by almost an hour from its French TV length, Ferran's film remains delicately expressive about the character's inner thoughts—not through dialogue so much as the body language of Marina Hands' Lady Chatterley, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h's Parkin, and Hippolyte Girardot's Clifford.
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