The films I’m most likely to watch over and over again are comfort films, perfect for a rainy day or when you’re ill in bed. I love a Jane Austen adaptation and regularly rewatch the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (not the awkwardly awful 2005 remake with Keira Knightley) but my favourite is this much less famous 1995 adaptation of Persuasion.
It is quiet and understated and Amanda Root is a calm and capable Anne Elliot (unlike Sally Hawkins breathless and dizzy characterisation in the 2007 remake). Ciarán Hinds does a good job as the stalwart but bitter Captain Wentworth and Samuel West is convincingly handsome and odious as Mr Eliott. It’s the secondary characters that I love best, though – Fiona Shaw as Mrs Croft, Phoebe Nicholls as the ghastly Elizabeth Elliot and Sophie Thompson as narcissistic Mary Musgrove.
Find it here on IMDb.
What film do you never get bored of?
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