Based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, Handful of Dust is set amongst Britain's aristocracy of the 1930s. At sumptuous Hetton Abbey, tradition-bound country squire James Wilby and his wife Kristin Scott Thomas open their doors to well-connected but impoverished Rupert Graves. Graves returns Wilby's hospitality by having an affair with Scott Thomas, while Wilby gamboles about his estate without a clue of what is going on. Wilby's cloistered world comes tumbling down when Scott Thomas coolly demands a divorce, shortly after the accidental death of their young son. Wilby discovers that his divorce settlement will cost him Hetton Abbey; he faces this circumstance by not facing it at all, preferring to escape to South America, stiff upper lip intact, in the company of a dotty explorer.
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 114min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 06/24/1988
- DVD Release Date: 11/16/2004
- Distributor(s): New Line Cinema
Kristin Scott Thomas
- Themes: Death of a Child,Class Differences,Infidelity,Crumbling Marriages
- Tone: Austere,Bleak,Downbeat,Stylish,Ironic,Elegant,Biting
- Keywords: British,abbey,death-in-family,divorce,extramarital-affair,house-guest,love-triangle
- Country of Origin: USA (06-24-1988)
- Language: English