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also known as Lady Chatterley et l'homme des bois

Lady Chatterley 2006

  • 4.2
D.H. Lawrence's famed novel of an uppercrust woman and a virile gamekeeper earns a sensual French update in Pascale Ferran's Cesar Award-winning film. Stuck on a rural estate, the young, lovely Lady Chatterley (Marina Hands) has grown bored with her listless marriage to her much older husband Sir Clifford, paralyzed-from-the-waist-down in the war. Tired of dutifully following Clifford and his wheelchair about the grounds, she discovers a new diversion in the well-muscled form of her husband's handsome gamesman Parkin (Jean-Louis Coulloc'h). Chance encounters blossom into discreet rendezvous, with our gamesman's duties morphing from pheasant hunting to more intimate tasks. Soon the townsfolk are noticing a rather "healthy" glow about the young Lady Chatterley, one that turns far more noticeable (and scandalous) once she becomes pregnant. Far from the dull literal-mindedness of prior Lawrence adaptations, this Lady Chatterley (actually based on the first version of the novel) brings the author's remarkable pantheistic feel for nature (both earthly and human) to the fore, with Ferran and cinematographer Julien Hirsch showcasing the resplendent natural landscape and a heroine's growing delight in her lover's (and her own) body and pleasure. Foregoing the romance-novel steaminess of other versions (yet still boasting enough full-frontal nudity of the male and female kind to remove any doubts as to its French origins), LADY CHATTERLEY turns one woman's dilemma and delight into a contemplative reflection on sexuality, female empowerment and compassion. - Jason Sanders
Robbed of intimacy by her blueblood husband's war injuries, Constance Chatterley longs for the emotional fulfillment and physical passion that her marriage lacks. When she espies the gamekeeper Parkin (Jean-Louis Coullo'ch) unselfconsciously bathing, stripped to the waist amidst the beauty of nature, she experiences a sexual awakening unlike anything she has ever dared to desire. Though separated by the boundaries of social convention, rough-hewn Parkin and high-bred Lady Chatterley unite in a love that is simultaneously innocent and erotic, a spiritual connection that transcends personal inhibitions and class prejudices.

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Winner of five awards (including "Best Actress" and "Best Film") at the 2007 César Awards.

Member Reviews (10)

top reviewer

A quintessential story of love, and lovers, and the cinematography grants many moments of beauty to support this essence, mood, and bliss.

One of the best movies I have seen!

Sensual, get shots of nature. The ultimate chick flick.

Great movie, great viewing quality.

Fabulous film rendition of Lawrence's novel: tasteful, poetic, inspiring, yet passionate and full of moments of exquisite sexuality.

A fresh and more honest telling of a story that's become a bit worn, especially in the B movie world. This seemed genuine with the female lead giving a heartfelt performance. A rather odd transition to the final acts was most likely due to the length of the film, seemed a bit out of place. well worth a viewing nonetheless.

very good

single good film on here..

Beautiful, sexy, innocent. You gotta love the French for unabashed full frontal nudity. Great ending.

good movie