WHAT WOULD MRS. DANVERS SAY?
The movie boasts a great cast, including Geraldine Somerville (Gosford Park, the Harry Potter movies) as Du Maurier and Elizabeth McGovern (Once Upon a Time in America) and Janet McTeer (Songcatcher) as Ellen and Gertrude, respectively. But if you’re expecting another Tipping the Velvet, you’ll be disappointed. The lesbian love scenes will be “more reminiscent of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter than Sarah Waters’s more graphic Fingersmith.” In American terms, that means more like South of Nowhere than The L Word when it comes to physical affection.
And while I don’t want to spoil the plot (those who want to be spoiled should read here), there’s not exactly a happy lesbian ending. But then, heartache is the universal language of lesbians, right?
NO, IT’S NOT ABOUT A PACK OF LESBIANS. DAMNIT.
If I had a nickel for every woman who’s said that to a man…