‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ review: A steamy affair that makes room for the classroom review

“This is a love story.” These are the words Mrs Bolton (Joely Richardson) said in Netflix’s final moments. Lady Chatterley’s Lover to a group of women gossiping about events we’ve just watched. Miss Bolton as Lord Clifford Chatterley’s (Matthew Duckett) nurseCrown star Emma Corrin) is in a relationship with the mansion keeper Oliver Mellors (Jack O’Connell).

But this movie is much more than a love story.

you’ve probably heard Lady Chatterley’s LoverThe steamy DH Lawrence novel that was the subject of a controversial case in the United Kingdom in 1960. The novel was banned in the US, Canada, Australia, India, and Japan for obscenity. However, the book sold millions of copies and also invited mass shock and bewilderment due to its overt sexual descriptions and repeated use of the F-word and C-word. What is there not to like?

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What Lady Chatterley’s Lover about?

Emma Corrin as Lady Constance, Matthew Duckett as Clifford.
Credits: Seamus Ryan / Netflix

Lady Chatterley’s Lover It tells the story of Constance “Connie” Reid, the wealthy daughter of an artist, who married Sir Clifford Chatterley shortly before returning to the Front during World War I. Directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre and written by David Magee, the film opens with scenes from the couple’s wedding day. new bride.

“Here’s to Clifford and Connie, our new hope for the heir to Rugby,” says Sir Geoffrey.

“Dad, you know it’s not. Only why did we get married,” says Clifford.

“Why would another baronet marry?” Sir Geoffrey answers.

Despite the newlyweds’ public insistence that the marriage is purely a love marriage, the curtain slides later in the film when Clifford returns from the war and makes it clear that Ragby’s heir is expected. “It means a lot to the people here,” Clifford tells his wife. However, Clifford was paralyzed from the waist down after being injured during World War I, and following Clifford’s injury, Connie and Clifford no longer share a sexual relationship.

While the pressure is still on, Clifford makes it clear to Connie that he wants her to sleep with another man to produce an heir, but sets rules that prevent her from “giving herself completely to him” and instruct her to “rule herself”. “Compared to a life lived together, the act of mechanical sex is nothing,” she says. As a wealthy aristocrat, Connie also notes that she should avoid the “wrong kind of men” and see only upper-class men as candidates for an heir. explains.

This moment is a turning point in the movie. From Corrin, we see Connie barely suppressing her anger and nausea at this suggestion, but her husband barely notices it (he never really notices it). We see Connie begin to realize that she is really just a tool for an heir. As Connie seeks solace in a small cottage on the estate, an escape and freedom from the expectations that are beginning to approach her, Corrin portrays a character in deep turmoil and is fascinating to watch.

And “managing your emotions” isn’t what fate has prepared for Connie…

Lady Chatterley’s Lover a romance but also a story about class.

A woman stands in a field outside a large mansion.


Credits: Seamus Ryan / Netflix

While Ms. Bolton’s words are very true to Netflix’s adaptation of the novel, the film is also a story about class. During her time alone, Connie begins to spend time with Mellors, the keeper of the mansion, where she finds the affection, attention, passion and yes, love that was missing in her own marriage. However, in Clifford’s eyes, this working-class man is the “wrong kind of man,” whom he had previously smugly declared inappropriate.

This particular adaptation feels brimming with more classroom commentary than previous versions – the 2015 movie starring Jed Mercurio with Holiday Grainger and Richard Madden, the 2006 movie by Pascale Ferran, and the 1993 BBC television series starring Richardson with Sean Bean – which Although set, it makes sense over 100 years ago amid today’s cost-of-living crisis that is already causing strain in people’s relationships.

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Corrin and O’Connell have intense on-screen chemistry and it’s hard not to get caught up in their convincingly passionate love affair. O’Connell presents a deceptive and complex Mellors, who is treated badly and imperceptibly by his aristocratic employer, Clifford, and who is acutely aware of the vulnerability of his position in this love triangle.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover Of course, it’s clearly steamy.

As their encounter develops, so do the sex scenes infused with freedom by director De Clermont-Tonnerre. It is clear that this relationship is presented as a liberation from the callous and rigid aristocracy and oppressive class structures that govern society. We see Corrin and O’Connell running naked in the fields, making love in nature – they live in the wild and their love is presented as untamed.

A couple starts kissing in the forest.

Connie and Oliver Mellors (Jack O’Connell).
Credit: Netflix

During their second encounter together, De Clermont-Tonnerre includes a cunnilingus scene that zooms in on Corrin’s face and captures his facial expressions. Connie’s pleasure in this scene has priority; When she comes, she gets up and goes out.

But beyond her blatantly strong physical connections, Connie’s own story is about questioning and ultimately rejecting the unpleasant privilege that surrounds her. She refuses the social obligation to maintain the appearance and provide an heir at her husband’s request (she, naturally, doesn’t even ask her what she wants to do).

“You and your ruling class!” Connie yells at Clifford, revealing her true feelings.

Connie and Mellors find an agent, tied together by different struggles of the same power structure that oppresses them both, ultimately rejecting the rules and expectations of society. In the end, they choose love.

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