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Maurice Rated 15

Maurice

Dir. James Ivory. UK, 1987. 2h 20m. Starring James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Kingsley, Billie Whitelaw, Judy Parfitt.

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality. The elegant Merchant/Ivory love story, starring a young Hugh Grant, was largely ignored on release but now receives the restoration it deserves.

'It is subtle, intelligent, moving, and absorbing; also extraordinary, in the way it mixes fear and pleasure, horror and love. It’s a stunning success for a team who seem to have mastered all the problems of making literary films.’ Sight and Sound Magazine

‘Far from dated, Merchant Ivory’s Maurice looks positively ahead of its time: an honestly strait-laced depiction of alternative sexuality that dared to play by the same rules as any other respectable costume drama.’ Guy Lodge, The Guardian


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