Love & Friendship


Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), but two particularly handsome suitors (Xavier Samuel and Tom Bennett) complicate her orchestrations.

Adapting Jane Austen’s unpublished early novella Lady Susan, Whit Stillman returns to the Sundance Film Festival (where his Metropolitan premiered in 1990) in top form with his latest comedy of manners. Kate Beckinsale excels in her role as the deliciously devious Lady Vernon and delivers each line with relish. With exquisite period detail and a script teeming with bon mots and witty dialogue, Love & Friendship is a rare—and rarified—treat.

YEAR 2016

SECTION Premieres

COUNTRY Ireland/France/Netherlands

RUN TIME 94 min

COMPANY Protagonist Pictures



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Whit Stillman

After starting in publishing and journalism, Whit Stillman broke into films as a sales agent and actor in Spain. His first film, Metropolitan, debuted at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival and received an Independent Spirit Award and an Academy Award nomination. He followed with Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, Damsels in Distress, and the pilot for Amazon’s The Cosmopolitans. His novel based on The Last Days of Disco won France's Prix Fitzgerald in 2014.