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The Duchess (2008)

Written By Awir Aditya on Monday, January 18, 2010 | 1:15 AM


Genre: Biography/Drama/Romance

Starring: Keira Knightley, Ralf Fiennes, Charolette Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell

Based on a true story, the Duke of Devonshire (Fiennes) is without a male heir and it constantly worries him. He marries a young Georgiana (Knightley), whose mother (Rampling) assures the Duke that woman of her family will always conceive a son. Marriage for him, was a deal and in the deal Georgiana is supposed to provide him with a son and be loyal to him. She fails to fulfill the first condition which does not go down will with the Duke. Georgiana has a crush on Charles Grey (Cooper) and wants to end her marriage. The Duke on the other hand, makes Georgiana's only friend his mistress and vows to destroy Charles if she leaves him. The movie in short narrates the story of Georgiana's devastated life and everything else that comes along with it. It is amazing to know that even the British who used to deem themselves as highly civilised, could actually be like this. The movie moves at an annoyingly slow pace which makes the movie feel like its not going to ever end. Not just that, it also gets annoying and boring after a while. I guess that is actually how the movie was meant to be and would be no better if it were otherwise. It's just a simple story with no real end and no real foundation.

Thumbs up: Has a very Victorian look and feel to it
Thumbs down: Drags on endlessly

Rating: 5.2/10
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