• Brideshead Revisited (2008)

Brideshead Revisited

Release Date: July 25th, 2008

DVD Release Date: January 13th, 2009

PG-13 |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

Befriended by aristocrat Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw), Oxford student Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) finds that the power and privilege experienced by the family is seductive. On a visit to Brideshead, the ancestral home, he falls in love with his friend's sister, Julia (Hayley Atwell). However, as Charles' ties to Sebastian and family deepen, he finds himself at odds with their strong Roman Catholicism.

Cast: Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw, Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Greta Scacchi, Jonathan Cake, Patrick Malahide

Director: Julian Jarrold

Genres: Drama , Romance

Production Co: Ecosse Films

Keywords: Forbidden love , 1930s , Growing up , Touching , Friendship , Emotional ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The world didn't need a superficial big-screen adaptation of a rich, dense book that's about, among many other things, the passage of time. The perplexity is why the film is so lifeless and remote. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The film is plush and passionate and graced with elegant performances. Best is that of Emma Thompson as Brideshead's matriarch, Lady Marchmain, who resembles a cross between Helen Mirren's Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict. show more

  • 60
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Although it has its involving moments, the watered-down Waugh fails to make any kind of lasting connection. show more

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