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Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young seaman, who, though promising, had poor family connections. When her father rents out the family estate to Admiral Croft, Anne is thrown into company with Frederick, because his sister is Mrs. Croft. Frederick is now a rich and successful Captain, and a highly eligible bachelor. Whom will he marry? One of Annes sisters husbands sisters? Or will he and Anne rekindle the old flame?
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18 May 2013
Who could fail to be moved by this subtle adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion"? Of all the Jane Austen features of the last six years or so, this is my personal favorite; in fact, it's one of my ten most favorite movies. It has an intimate feel to it that the other films, good though they are, lack. A wonderful example of this is the scene at the Great House, where the characters are assembled for a dinner given by the Musgroves. The flickering of the candles and the low ceilings convey a gathering where good conversation among genial people flourishes, somewhat reminiscent of "Babette's Feast". "Persuasion" concerns Anne Elliot and her lost love, Captain Wentworth. Eight years before the start of the picture, she had refused his marriage proposal, having been persuaded by a family friend that it would be an unsuitable match. Anne, you see, is the daughter of a baronet, while Edward is of no particular lineage. During these years, she has lost both her spirits and her looks, we are told. Then, chance brings Edward back into her life, but as the suitor of a family friend, a much younger woman who is quite vivacious--and he bears a grudge against Anne for her lack of personal conviction. Like all Jane Austen novels, the story then hinges upon whether a hopeless romantic situation can be brought round to our satisfaction. "Persuasion" is the sort of film you can watch again and again, just as if you were visiting with an old friend. Try it out for yourself, and I'm sure you'll be persuaded to agree with me!
18 May 2013
Glad I read the book before watching the film. There were scenes from the book that could have been included to make the film story line flow better. The actors/actresses were not as believable and didn't seem to fit the descriptions in the book as well. This adaptation of "Persuasion" was not as good as Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility" (with Emma Thompson) nor Andrew Davies' "Pride and Prejudice" (with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle).If you're not keen on owning this DVD, I'd borrow it from the local library, a friend, or NetFlix before spending money to buy it.
18 May 2013
Evidently, to love this adaptation, it helps if you're a Hinds fan. I'm not, which partly explains why I'm not satisfied by it. I say this as someone who has read all six novels and who enjoys almost all of the adaptations, including the old BBC ones. I picture Wentworth as a livelier, younger-seeming man, a smile never far away. Someone you'd enjoy being around. Hinds' portrayal is rather dour, even cold. In the scene at the Bath concert, where Anne's cousin is paying her attentions, Anne practically begs him to stay, but he is cold to the point of humiliation. Sorry, at that point I wouldn't care if he came back or not.Amanda Root would not be my first choice for Anne. I pictured her as a bit more elegant and poised. However, I did like her better with repeated viewing. It's a fairly small budget production, and for some reason they often shot in small, cramped, dark locations. I believe this was to give it a realistic feel, but it only succeeded in contributing to a dark, claustrophobic mood.One other (small) criticism I had was the scene with Lady Dalrymple and her daughter. It was over the top. Lady Dalrymple especially looked like she belonged in an opium den. I guess it was supposed to be humorous, but it gave me the creeps. The point of those characters was to satirize wealth, connection and snobbery. It seemed pointless to make them so weird. So, on the whole, I would watch other Austen adaptations before this one. I think the definitive Persuasion is still to be made. A note on the book: it is one of the most accessible of all the six novels, and I recommend reading it.
17 May 2013
One of my favorite books of all times, Persuasion has been beautifully adapted in this version. Amanda Root was wonderful as the would-be spinster who still pines for the dashing Frederick Wenworth, whom Ciaran Hinds portrayed well. It is a lovely story for those hopeless romantics out there.
16 May 2013
"Persuasion" is one of Jane Austen's loveliest tales! Indeed, one full of hope and second chances. I think everyone can relate in one way or another, because we all have made decisions (which later we discovered were actually MISTAKES!) that were partly based on outside influences and opinions, and have lived to regret them. :`(This is precisely the case with sweet-tempered Anne Elliot (Amanda Root), a not-so-young woman in her late twenties, who chose (in her younger years, when she was about nineteen) not to marry the man she truly loved, Frederick Wentworth, because he was thought to be "unsuitable" (by some anyway), for no other reason than his lack of fortune and connections! He was just a sailor, with nothing to offer- if LOVE and COMMITMENT are nothing (gee! the English were really shallow!). Her young, inexperienced heart was led, or "persuaded" if you will, to believe that his seeming lack of position in society would interfere with her happiness, and that opinion, which was not her own, no doubt contributed to her decision to turn down his proposal. As the years fly by, Anne is left to bear the burden of her choice. In her household she is made to feel less than appreciated, considered by this time to be an "old maid", she is not thought to be as pretty as her sister Elizabeth, and is generally neglected by her father (her mother died). Add to that, the fact that her family is teeter-tottering on the edge of financial ruin, and Anne has quite a load to bear! All her hope of finding happiness, love and contentment, is seemingly dead until... the once "unsuitable" sailor returns (this is eight years later mind you) as a Captain, of rather large fortune I might add! Captain Frederick Wentworth, charmingly played by Ciaran Hinds (gotta LOVE Ciaran!). He is yet unmarried, and is quite dashing, quite the talk of the town, quite the gentleman. As you can imagine, plenty of YOUNG ladies (younger, fresher than Anne) are more than willing to become Mrs. Wentworth. Could Anne be a consideration still? At her age? With their history? Just as Wentworth reappears in her life, and she is forced to look her past straight in the face, another man, young, handsome, seemingly wealthy Mr. Elliot (her cousin) also appears, and takes an interest in Anne! (When it rains it pours, huh!?) Could it be Mr. Elliot is right for her?Ah, and here's where second chances come into play. What to do? What to do? Is it possible Wentworth could still love her after so many years? She has certainly never forgotten him. Could it be that her heart which was once "persuaded" to let him go, could now be "persuaded" to reach out to him again? Would HE be receptive after being rejected so many years ago, by the one he truly loved? Could he be "persuaded" to forgive her? Wouldn't YOU like to know? You have to see the movie! I won't give it away. But, let me just say it is quite rewarding, because too often in life (and even in movies/books too I suppose) those worthy of second chances do not get them, or, they are too blinded to recognize them when they come back around. Even worse, they may be too hesitant to go for it when they do recognize! Love though, "persuades" us to do what we never thought possible! It emboldens us, encourages us, and pushes us to go after our dreams! To be honest, parts of the film are a tad... well, dull, but the overall theme, the storyline, allows you to endure them in order to see the outcome. Ciaran Hinds, and Amanda Root have a good chemistry. So often in the movie Anne has this wide-eyed, "I think I'm about to faint" expression on her face whenever she sees/talks to Wentworth... it is quite funny to see. And Wentworth's stares are enough to make any woman feel that way! This is a beautifully done adaptation, and you can't help but adore Ciaran Hinds! "Persuasion" is the perfect name for this story, because though our thoughts and opinions, and as a result our actions, can be influenced by others, it is really the heart that is the most persuasive influence! Really, each person must decide for THEMSELVES what is best and right for them. Love is never of little importance, but of the GREATEST, and a heart that has known true love will be persuaded to seek it again! All-in-all this movie is great! Why rent it when you can own it? I hope I have persuaded you (pun intended) to do so. Enjoy!! :-)
16 May 2013
This was one of the most boring and tedious videos I have ever seen. I agree with Leonard Maltin that the film "demands patience." The two lovers showed very little passion. Root had almost the same expression on her face throughout the whole story. The actors spent more time eating than talking. And there was an overall feeling of heaviness. The book is far better than the movie. The only good thing about the movie was the scenery, and so I give it 2 stars.
15 May 2013
I am sorry to say that I was slightly disappointed with this adaptation of one of my best Jane Austen's novels. I heard so much praise of it so I was really excited to see it. But we all have different sensibilities and for me, the adaptation didn't manage to reproduce Anne's inner world and the depth of the love between Anne and Wentworth. For me, the beauty of the book relies on the tension between Anne and Wentworth and on the looks that they can't help exchanging despite their long time of separation and despite Wentworth's resentment. Eight years ago, although Anne fell deeply in love with Wentworth, she was persuaded by her father and her deceased mother's friend to refuse his proposal, on account of Anne being too young and of Wentworth's lack of fortune. The story starts when Captain Wentworth returns to the country from the war with the intention of living peacefully and of finding a wife. They are to meet again unexpectedly as Anne's father, Sir Walter, is a heavy spender and the family has to let the family house, Kellynch Hall, to the Crofts who are closely related to Wentworth. This love-story is really wonderful as it is all about undying love and about meeting again the person that you fell in love with so many years ago and in the case of Wentworth, meeting the woman you loved but broke your heart by rejecting you...These questions are still relevant today and that is what makes this story so original. Not only, Austen manages to create an incredible tension between Wentworth and Anne but also to describe to the perfection Anne's feelings of sadness, of solitude, of regret, of distress at seeing Wentworth for the first time. But somehow, I didn't see any of that tension in the BBC film or Anne's real suffering. I am sorry to say so but I was not convinced by Amanda Root's performance as Anne Elliot. And it is not merely because she seems a little too old for the part, it is just that her face didn't display any emotion. I am probably shallow, but I need to see on the actress's face that Anne is very much affected by Wentworth's return. Unfortunately, I didn't feel any connections to this Anne. I really couldn't relate to her. I was not overwhelmed by the adaptation. I just watched it but I didn't feel the incredible urge to watch it again as I have felt for other period dramas like BBC North&South or BBC Pride &Prejudice. However, I put three stars because I thought that Ciaran Hinds was rather good in the part of Wentworth and I liked the settings for the film. I have watched the 1995 version only once and I will try to make the effort and watch it once more. But I've seen the 2007 ITV adaptation and in my heart, this one has already met my expectations. Even though it is not as faithful to the book as the 1995 one and despite the poor performances of some actors, the 2007 version has blown me away, simply because Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones are perfect in the parts of Anne Elliot and of Captain Wentworth!!! This BBC version with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds is not a bad film in itself. But it is just not 'my' adaptation of the book. Just see it for yourself and maybe you will be 'persuaded' by it.
David Ferstat 14 May 2013
This is just what one should expect of the BBC. Unlike their "Pride andPrejudice" (1995) (mini), this film eschews any melodrama, and insteadoffers a beautifully crystal-clear distillation of Austen's novel. Withperformances finely tuned (especially those of leads Amanda Root and CiarÃ¡nHinds) we see why the BBC is probably the best production company in theEnglish-speaking world.
chicklegirl 13 May 2013
This is an excellent film, true in spirit and characterization to theoriginal work by Austen. The subtleties of the performances are excellent,in particular Anne's father, Sir Walter, and her sister Mary. Both theleadperformances are also excellent: understated yet witty, in keeping withthecharacters portrayed in the novel. One of my favorite movies.
13 May 2013
I had recently seen Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth before I purchased 'Persuasion' with Amanda Root and this may have been the problem. I fell in love with [P&P] the depth of the characters and attention paid to every detail including and especially the beautiful music. I was disappointed after watching 'Persuasion' and can't quite put my finger on why. You aren't left with the feeling of knowing the characters and it almost seems that it is over before it begins. Very slow and confusing in some parts. I admit I had to use the rewind button several times and use the subtitles. It's a good thing I knew the plot of the story before I began watching.
Elizabeth Beck 13 May 2013
Touching film of Austen romance, with the usual combination of meddling,snobbery and social bias that thwarts the happiness of two people. Afterseeing this film, anyone who has let someone they loved slip out of theirlife will be wondering, "What if I had a second chance?"
12 May 2013
This excellent rendition of Jane Austen's "Persuasion" tells the storyof how Anne Elliot (Amanda Root) recaptures the love of CaptainFrederick Wentworth (Ciaran Hinds), whom she once rejected on theadvice of Lady Russell (Susan Fleetworth) because he had neitherfortune nor the right connections. Hinds is perfectly cast for hisrole: ruggedly handsome, intense and charming. Amanda Root is evenbetter though it is difficult to imagine that she would have beenchosen for this role if the film had been made in Hollywood. She ispretty without being "movie star" beautiful. However, without obviouseffort, she captures the intelligence and essential kindness that makeAnne such an attractive human being in the midst of a society wheresnobbishness rules. I do not agree with other commentators about thesurrounding cast. With the exception of Fleetwood as the socialmarriage broker, most of other principal actors engage in caricature asthe chief means of conveying the essentials of the person theyrepresent. Anne's father, her elder sister, her married sister, thehigh ranking female relative, her social climbing suitor are cartoons,not characters. Were it not for the outstanding performances by Rootand Hinds, together with credible performances by some of the lessercharacters, this film would not be worth seeing.
rcpropes 11 May 2013
It is annoying to read the comment describing this movie as Victoriansince Austen died before Queen Victoria was born. It is remarkable thatall her novels describe rural English life almost untouched by theviolence of the Napoleonic Wars raging on the continent during herlifetime. This one at least alludes to the careers of British navalofficers. It also calls attention to the "great age for poetry" inwhich the characters lived. This is one of a small handful of trulybeautiful love stories on film which end happily; An Affair to Rememberand A Room With a View are two others in my canon. Every actor/actressin this movie should have been nominated for an Oscar, a perfectensemble cast, typical of the best subtle British cinematic style.
11 May 2013
This 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel is subtle and understated and simply superb. Amanda Root is a perfect Anne Elliott; faded and overlooked at the beginning. You can see just how much she's let herself go, even with the stooped stature and limp hair. And you feel the mortification, along with her, when her former fiance, Capt. Wentworth, dashingly played by Ciaran Hinds, sees her in this state. The movie does move rather slowly, but this is it's power. Even the score of piano music by Chopin conveys how slowly and heavily the time has moved for Anne. And once you see the transformation that occurs, physically, for Anne, it's even easier to understand how re-awakened hope has transformed her spiritually. One big difference is the director's use of BOTH the endings Austen wrote to illustrate Frederick's dilemma. And the ending is one of the most romantic scenes I've ever watched. I highly recommend it to devotees of Jane Austens's work.
11 May 2013
Jane Austen is a wonderful writer. Her stories are just as true today as in her day. She has a great way of getting her ideas about family & relationship across to the reader with such tact & humor. In my 5 favorite books from Jane, love wins out in the best possible way!
10 May 2013
This review is from: Persuasion (DVD) This less-than-2-hour movie aired on PBS with a great intro by host Russell Baker. I still enjoy that VHS tape I made at the time, but its colors are dark and sometimes the dialog is hard to understand. The dvd is a much better rendering.Anne is the younger, unappreciated daughter of a shallow aristocrat who has squandered his money and has to move to Bath in order to live cheaply. The story revolves around this situation and his daughters' love interests, as well as the famous trip to Lyme.Anne's old love, Captain Wentworth, proposed to her years ago, but she refused him on advice of a close family friend who thought he was too poor. Now the shoe is on the other foot. He reappears, wealthy and sought after, seeming to have forgotten Anne. He leads everyone to believe he plans to marry Anne's sister-in-law.In the 8 years since refusing him, Anne has become strong enough to go after what she wants, but her family and a new man on the scene make that difficult.The last few minutes of the film are some of the most romantic ever made.Warning: don't watch this with anyone who would laugh at the formal, Austen era language, as it will completely ruin the experience for you:)
10 May 2013
Persuasion has long been one of my favorite Jane Austen books, so I wasn't hard pressed to watch the movie. I have to admit I wasn't taken in by the cast selected to portray Anne Elliot or Captain Wentworth, but this changed very quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Anne's beauty blossom as the story began to unfold. At first she seemed "too good" putting up with so much from her embicile father. How did she manage to come from that family? I loved the expression in her eyes, wow! How could you not be totally swept away by the ending. Incredible passion displayed on film. Please watch this movie you will not be disappointed!
lissamik 10 May 2013
I love this movie. I love the cinematography, the acting, thestory..Persuasion is a visual delight from beginning to end with fantasticcharacters, wonderful direction (finally a director who knows when silenceand significant glances are worth morth than pages of uselessdialogue)...The greatest thing about this movie is that it gets better every time yousee it. Amanda Root's soulful eyes become even more affecting, Ciarinwhatshisname becomes more handsome and likeable, and the annoyinghypochondriac sister becomes more hilarious (if that's possible, which inthis movie, it is!).I know this review is very vague. Suffice it to say, I've seen this movieadozen times and I can't wait to see it a dozen more times.Definitely my favorite Jane Austen movie.
Julie-30 09 May 2013
This is one of the best adaptations of a novel I have ever seen. Each time Iwatch it, I see something new. The casting is wonderful, the music iswonderful (I never liked Chopin until I saw Persuasion), the acting isincredible. The producers are to be praised for not bowing to the trend ofcasting beautiful (but dull) actors in these roles or glossing over thegrittiness of life in the early 19th century. I will admit that Amanda Rootand Ciaran Hinds are not classically beautiful, and I find this to be aplus. I just can't say enough about her eyes. They are incrediblyexpressive and are capable of moving the viewer to tears without her sayinga word. They show both the pain and the joy Anne feels through the course ofthe film, and I can't say enough about Ciaran Hinds as the dashing sailorwho is responsible in part for both the pain and the joy.Yes, some things from the book were left out, and I thought the portrayal ofAnne's sister Elizabeth left something to be desired, but on the whole, thisfilm is perfection itself.
08 May 2013
From Mr. Rochester to a professor in "Circle of Friends," Ciaran Hinds finally gets a role that is truly spectacular! "Persuasion" is a wonderful movie that will not disappoint any Jane Austen aficionado. It is worthy of a space on your self next to A&E's "Pride and Prejudice."