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5.0 out of 5 stars
Persuasion, 11 April 2006
Simply the best Austen adaptation on film. The quality of this production is in the delicacy of small gestures and exposition of character in telling an entertaining story which is nonetheless energetically driven by its carefully drawn yet dramatic plot. The deft direction sucessfully brings out the character of even the supporting roles and, as a result, rewards repeated viewing as the layers become revealed and enjoyed with increasing familiarity. To name just a few: Amanda Root's development from dowdy to radiant; Corin Redgrave's vanity in checking the reflection of his hair in his dinner knife; Simon Russell-Beales perfect interpretation of a country gentleman and the gentle humour of the scene in which all the family confide their concerns with each other to a tactfully diplomatic Ann Eliott notwithstanding the contradictions inherent in the process. If you are an Austen fan you must own this.