Starring Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy and Julie Walters Directed by Julian Jarrold
Events from the life of the author Jane Austen inspired this romantic historical drama,which speculates of a romance that may have had a significant impact on her life and work. Twenty-year-old Jane Austen (Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married), an aspiring writer, is the daughter of a minister who looks after a flock in a small rural community in Southern England with his wife. Jane resists her family's efforts to match her up with a wealthy but dull nephew of Lady Gresham, a minor member of the British nobility and when she meets Tom Lefroy (McAvoy, Atonement), a young man her own age, she's intrigued. While he scoffs at her writing style, he clearly sees she has talent, and is eager for her to learn more of the larger world by exposing her to more daring literature and modern pastimes. Jane finds herself increasingly attracted to this poor but keenly intelligent man, though she soon realizes her own ideas about love and marriage are sometimes at odds with the conventions of the society in which she lives.“Hathaway's exuberance and dramatic range are fitting for this portrayal of the celebrated literary figure.” – Stina Chyn, Film Threat
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