• Possession (2002)


Release Date: August 16th, 2002

DVD Release Date: February 11th, 2003

PG-13 |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

Maud Bailey (Gwyneth Paltrow), a brilliant English academic, is researching the life and work of poet Christabel La Motte. Roland Michell (Aaron Eckhart) is an American scholar in London to study Randolph Henry Ash (Jeremy Northam), now best-known for a collection of poems dedicated to his wife. When Maud and Roland discover a cache of love letters that appear to be from Ash to La Motte, they follow a trail of clues across England, echoing the journey of the couple over a century earlier.

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam, Jennifer Ehle, Lena Headey, Toby Stephens, Tom Hickey, Trevor Eve

Director: Neil LaBute

Genres: Drama , Romance

Production Co: USA Films, Baltimore Spring Creek, Warner Brothers

Distributors: USA Films

Keywords: Rivalry, Suspenseful, Investigation, Passionate, Love, England, Witty, London, Quest, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Compelling material, especially for those who believe that the lives and loves of the dead can impact the trajectory of the existences of the living. show more

  • 75
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    A lush, genteel romance of the Merchant-Ivory school that qualifies as a guilty pleasure -- largely because of the unexpected chemistry between its improbably matched leads, Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    LaBute likes people who think themselves into and out of love, and finds the truly passionate (like Blanche) to be the most dangerous. He likes romances that exist out of sight, denied, speculated about, suspected, fought against. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Similar Movies

The Duchess
The Duchess

Though adored by the people, the Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley) is not content to sit as a pretty figurehead. Determined to be a major player in affairs of state, she rises to the forefront o...

Stream OnlineWatch Trailer
The Jane Austen Book Club
The Jane Austen Book Club

Six Californians (Maria Bello, Amy Brenneman, Emily Blunt) form a book club devoted to studying the works of the 19th-century author. As each deals with life's assorted challenges, she or he finds une...

Stream OnlineWatch Trailer
Oscar and Lucinda
Oscar and Lucinda

After a childhood of abuse by his evangelistic father, misfit Oscar Hopkins (Ralph Fiennes) becomes an Anglican minister and develops a divine obsession with gambling. Lucinda Leplastrier (Cate Blanch...

Stream Online