Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship follows the exploits of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who, while waiting for the social fallout from a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate. A terrifically well executed comedy of manners directed and adapted by Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress) from an early novella by Jane Austen.
While biding her time at the house of Charles and Catherine Vernon, her late husband’s brother and sister-in-law, the scheming, flirtatious, and amusingly self-serving Lady Vernon determines to secure a suitable husband for her reluctant daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark) – and one for herself as well. She enlists the assistance of her devoted confidante Alicia Johnson (Chloe Sevigny), an American apparently sent to bedevil her exasperated British husband, the ‘very respectable’ Mr Johnson (Stephen Fry), but two particularly eager suitors – charming Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and the wealthy if gaffe-prone Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett) – complicate her stratagem.
“Fresh, beguiling…the wittiest Austen adaptation to grace the screen” The Times
“Set to the quick-fire rhythms of lethal put-downs and laugh-out-loud dialogue, Love & Friendship is a gleeful marvel of satire and timeless wit” Sydney Film Festival