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Love and Friendship, 18 November 2016

A flat-out hilarious comedy masterpiece

Love and Friendship (U) follows the exploits of the wry and calculating Lady Susan as she pursues the wealthy and hapless Sir James for marriage originally intended for her daughter. Adapted from Jane Austen's novel Lady Susan.
Kate Beckinsale gives a mesmerising performance as a scandalous widow in this hit British period comedy
Directed by Whit Stillman. it also stars among others Chloë Sevigny and Stephen Fry. it has been both a critical and box office hit, with most of the critics giving it five stars.
“Excellent cast, delicious, witty ­– simply great fun,” wrote one . “Terrifically fresh and oh-so wonderfully wicked,” wrote another.

What the critics said
It’s flat-out hilarious – find me a funnier screen stab at Austen, and I’m tempted to offer your money back personally. Gliding through its compact 92 minutes with alert photography and not a single scene wasted, it’s also Stillman on the form of his life.Tim Robey, The Telegraph. Full review.
Love and Friendship
 at Clayhidon Parish Hall

7.30 pm on Friday 18 November
Tickets on the door or reserve by calling or emailing Lucy Ball 01823 680607 

£6 single or £20 per family of four (two adults plus two children).

Presented by MOVIOLA.

Kate Beckinsale is a becoming widow without means in an adaptation that reinvigorates the breeches, buttons and bows cliches. Peter Bradshaw, The GuardianFull review 
“Lady Susan,” an epistolary novel that probably dates from the middle of the seventeen-nineties, has been transformed by Stillman into a brisk and cutting comedy of manners. Anthony Lane, The New YorkerFull review.
Though the deliciously barbed dialogue stays firmly in period, the emotions bubbling up under the film's cultivated surface have a this-just-in tartness. Peter Travers, Rolling StoneFull review
Love & Friendship is a reminder that Austen was not only a brilliant architect of screen-friendly plots but also a very funny writer. . A. O. Scott, The NYTimes. Full review