19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Ambitious but flawed movie, with some fine performances,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Portrait Of A Lady [DVD]  (DVD)
Jeremy Irons may well be a convincing rogue (as the first reviewer noted), but not in this movie - he doesn't actually appear in this film (?!) John Malkovich however, does, and turns in a unsettling yet magnetic performance which is in reminiscent of his role in Dangerous Liasons.
Nicole Kidman does extremely well in an unsympathetic role and Viggo Mortensen shines in a small role as the suitor Nicole should have chosen in the first place. The film looks fabulous - the costumes and sets are truly stunning and the majority of the cast are impressive, but as with the book, you are untimately left struggling to comprehend the heoines poor decisions, which makes the film less than totally satisfying. Still worth checking out for fans of costune drama though.