From the moment it was published in 1928, DH Lawrence’s torrid romance about a commoner woman and artistocratic has stirred outrage. Y enduring popularity. It was so scandalous that an uncut version never appeared until the publisher of the uncut version won an obscenity suit in Britain in 1960, generating a further 3 million in sales, not to mention the various film and television versions that were released. have judged over the years, including a 1955 film that itself was subject to cries of censorship. Now French actress and filmmaker Laure deClermont-Tonnerre has put a new spin on it in an uninhibited and sexy, but quite respectable version, starring Emma Corrin (The crown) as Connie, who marries happily into the upper class of England only to have an affair with her husband’s new gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors, played by Jack O’Connell. This thing, without the right and compelling chemistry between the two lovers, both married to each other, could flop like a soufflé. Fortunately, these are two exceptionally talented actors who pull it off, in more ways than one.
The story is familiar, almost a century old. Connie marries Sir Clifford Chatterley, becoming Lady Constance Chatterley when the happy couple move to the family estate of Wragley in the Midlands. However, like so many at the time, he is called back to the front lines in World War I and returns to his new wife six months later in a wheelchair and paralyzed from the waist down. Despite his depression, she assures him that it will not affect his marriage, even if he cannot participate in his male duties. He soon begins writing again, and even sprucing up the estate by hiring a new ranger, Mellors, and even at one point suggests that the desired child Connie wants to have is very possible, perhaps by finding a suitable man as a surrogate to impregnate her. her with the warning that no one will know that the baby is not Clifford’s.
Once convinced that she could live this marriage “in the mind”, Connie’s physical needs come to the fore when she meets ranger Oliver, whose own wife played with him when he went off to war but has yet to divorce him. she. Before long, with his hand touching her flesh, a torrid series of clandestine encounters ensue between the pair as their sexuality escalates to boiling point, and the secret union changes her in many ways, even as the city begins to gossip. When she finds out that she is actually pregnant, things get complicated.
Once the heat turns on, deClermont-Tonnerre proves to be adept at shooting passionate, nude scenes that must have kept the intimacy coordinator working overtime. Corrin is simply fabulous as the unleashed Lady Chatterley, and she and the equally good O’Connell throw everything against the wall, including themselves, in this increasingly intense and dangerous adventure that seems to prove that love has to be physical, not physical. only in the mind. . They do it lying down, standing up, inside, outside, even playing completely naked and unashamed in the pouring rain. There seems to be a new sex scene every 10 or 15 minutes, but her Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter David Magee are up to the task of keeping it interesting. Magee with credits for Discovering Neverland, The Life Of Pi, Y Mary Poppins Returns proves he’s capable of being X-rated when he has to, but because both stars are A-list actors, and the production is also really excellent, this may be the best mrs chatterley still filmed, it’s certainly not boring.
Among the rest of the cast, Matthew Duckett as Clifford endears us until he doesn’t, Faye Marsay is fine as Connie’s sister who cares for her, and best of all, Joely Richardson (who actually played Lady Chatterley in a 1993 TV series) is elegant and perfect as Mrs. Bolton, the woman hired to look after Clifford when he became too much for Connie. Benoit Delhomme’s exquisite cinematography deserves a special mention along with Isabella Summers’ enchanting musical score. Producers are Laurence Mark, Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent.
Netflix premieres the movie, which was actually made by Sony Pictures and later sold to the streamer, in theaters in November and on Netflix in December, where fans the likes of Bridgerton will probably eat it.