Rated: PG Reviewed by: Linda Release date: September 27, 1995 Released by: Sony Pictures
Amanda Root shines as the beloved Ann Elliot in director Roger Mitchell's adaptation of Persuasion, Jane Austen's novel of second chance love. This is a wonderful film and it serves as an excellent example of the power of subtlety when depicting the passions between two people. I think you will agree that the simple gestures of affection between Ann and Captain Wentworth are as stirring as any bedroom scene.
Austen wrote Persuasion in the early 1800s, a time when most romantic undertakings were thoroughly researched and pursued based on what the match could provide materially and its effect on one's social standing. Ann Elliot was before her time in recognizing that one's marital happiness was dependent upon less tangible things. From the beginning of the film you sense that she stands alone apart from her horrid sister, Elizabeth, and her chronically dissatisfied sister, Mary, in her quest for true love, self-knowledge and education. Since her father is even more despicable, her fine character really stands out.
This film is marked by understated wit, irony and the sentimentality that accompanies a love that has endured despite a painful rejection, separation and the societal pressures that threaten to keep the two apart. The performances of the two lovers - Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds -- were wonderful.