• 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: Romance , Drama

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

Distributors: USA Films

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 50
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The real problem isn't with the actors, it's with 1) the source material, a highfalutin romance novel with a clever literary conceit, and 2) LaBute's clumsy, uncomfortable efforts to telescope Byatt's book into a workable movie. show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    A romance, a detective story, a comedy and a fable. Such a mishmash prevents it from being a standout in any of those categories. -- It's lovely to look at, though, and it's ultimately carried to success on the back of a strong story.

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