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drowning with love...,
This review is from: Possession [DVD]  (DVD)
'possession' is the tender trap, a tonic for a lovesick mind.
i watched 'possession' time and time again at the cinema; head up, front row. i will watch the DVD whenever i can; it is a privelege to be able to own a copy.
since the cast and the screenplay are so fatefully interlinked, i shall say, in my view the casting was superb. jeremy northam has all the qualities of a respectable poet laureate, and the sexual appeal to match that of jennifer ehle, his leading lady.
aaron ekhart has been much maligned as not being the equal of gwyneth paltrow. i simply dismiss that sort of talk. the point of mr ekhart's character is that he feels inferior, to be looked down on by maud bailey (paltrow) and this is the impression the viewer recieves, from the first images of roland mitchell (ekhart) working studiously, to the dramatic realisation of maud bailey's ancestory. the decision to alter the character from a working-class englishman (in a.s byatt's novel) to an american perhaps makes the inferiority of roland mitchell less obvious to the british audience who would instantly understand the relationship between different social classes.
the film is split across two generations; but they are seamlessly linked. Neil LaBute's film is a triumph, the beauty of which shall be revered for many generations to come.
it is a 'feel-good' film, to make one long for love.