49. Lady Chatterley (Pascale Ferran, 2006)

Lady Chatterley is a woman who discovered a sex at a young age, but never quite understood what the whole hubbub was about. She married a soldier, who is injured in the war and rendered impotent. As the years go by, she finds her lust and yearning for sexual closeness growing, but she has little outlet to explore these desires.  After meeting the game keeper, she finds herself incredibly attracted to him, and after she works herself into his daily life, they eventually begin a steamy affair. This is not a harlequin romance in any sense, as the film explores sexual awakening, as it’s tied with the fetishized compulsions of a restrained society, and the binding of mind and spirit through nature. The film takes it’s time in the unraveling love affair, and it seems to mirror the unraveling of the seasons and the day. Their romance is tied to weather, the sun and change in nature, and this seems to be even more freeing than the release of their bodies. The abandonment of clothing, and the way it is treated and stripped off really captures an era of restraint and mannered sexualizing of clothing and form altering clothes. It is one of several recent films to explore the importance of clothing in female identity, and the male gaze, and it’s a conception that persists in our modern era.

4 responses to “49. Lady Chatterley (Pascale Ferran, 2006)

  1. There is a Lady Chatterley film version worth it? It seems faithful to the novel in your write-up. I’ll see this.

  2. It is based on a previous version of D.H. Lawrence’s novel than the one later published and widely known (at least after the ’60s). To it Ferran’s film seems reasonably faithful, although of course (fortunately) not wholly. The longer TV version (which I find better yet) is probably closer to the earlier version of the book than the one being shown in theatres.

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