Lady Chatterley (in French)
Rating = B-
In the movie
“Knocked Up,” which I saw about a month ago, five young men occupy
their time (without real jobs) by developing a website that will list
the exact points in movies to fast forward to get the sex scenes.
Half a dozen points in “Lady Chatterley” would have been logged on
that website. I see other connections between the two movies: In
both, the woman comes from a higher station than the man. In both,
the couple takes the time to get to know each other and it is a life
(as well as sexual) awakening for each. Also note, that years ago
adolescent boys hunted through Lady Chatterley's Lover looking
for the sex scenes and marking them with bits of paper serving the
same purpose which the guys' website in “Knocked Up” is supposed to
have. Both movies move slowly in telling the story of developing
love and knowledge of each other: “Knocked Up” was over two hours,
and “Lady Chatterley” takes almost three hours.
“Lady Chatterly” is pretty, sometimes amusing, and sometimes not
enough is explained (which is inexplicable given the movie's length).
The acting is good, the filming is pretty, and the sex scenes are
believable and stirring. Any larger themes of feminism, social
class, or whatever were hard for me to discern with the distraction
of so much of Marina Hands to look at.