house of mirth

Gillian Anderson turns in a sublime performance in this period piece based on an Edith Warton novel. Anderson plays Lilly Barth, a turn-of-the-century socialite who knows that her lack of money means that she needs to secure a husband. Although she rejects her true love to hold out for a wealthier suitor, Lily can’t seem to commit to her plan to marry rich. The film provides strong acting and presents an interesting view of society, truth, and honour, but is marred slightly by some uneven direction. Laura Linney is also excellent as a woman who uses Lily as a scapegoat to cheat on her husband. [us/uk, 2000]

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