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Angels And Insects [VHS] [1995]

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patsy Kensit, Jeremy Kemp, Douglas Henshall
  • Directors: Philip Haas
  • Writers: Philip Haas, Belinda Haas, A.S. Byatt
  • Producers: Belinda Haas, Joyce Herlihy, Kerry Orent, Lindsay Law
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 3 Feb. 2003
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CS46
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,821 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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William Adamson (Mark Rylance) is an impoverished naturalist whose fortunes seem to improve when he marries Eugenia (Patsy Kensit), the daughter of a rich aristocratic family. However, life amongst his new relatives isn't easy, with his brother-in-law Edgar (Douglas Henshall) taking an immediate dislike to him, and Eugenia's own behaviour becoming increasingly erratic. She produces many children, is passionately sexual, yet keeps very distant from William. It takes the intervention of relative Matty (Kristin Scott Thomas) before William discovers the decay and corruption within the family.

From Amazon.co.uk

Angels and Insects--an ambitious costume drama--tells the tale of William Adamson (Mark Rylance), a buttoned-down Victorian explorer who returns to England penniless and dependent on the kindness of his sponsor, Sir Harald Alabaster (Jeremy Kemp). Adamson's intelligence and lower social standing endear him to the old man, but Sir Harald's son, Edgar, seems annoyed by his presence. Nevertheless, Adamson falls in love with Sir Harald's daughter, a shy sex kitten (Patsy Kensit), and offers to marry her.

As the web of sexual politics, true love, and class struggles develop; the explorer begins an intriguing study of a nearby ant colony. With encouragement from a dirt-poor Alabaster cousin (Kristin Scott Thomas), Adamson begins to write about the insects, never realising the parallels with his own life. The film, too, is a puzzle for the audience to solve while savouring the beauty of flesh and outlandish, vibrant costumes. Rylance is a perfect hero to root for, with his impeccable manners and soothing Scottish tones. All in all it's another curious winner from filmmakers Philip and Belinda Haas (The Music of Chance). --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com


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