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Miss Austen Regrets (2008)

In the later years of her life, as she's approaching the age of forty, the novelist Jane Austen helps her niece find a husband.

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Gwyneth Hughes
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Complete credited cast:
Samuel Roukin ... Harris Bigg
Olivia Williams ... Jane Austen
Greta Scacchi ... Cassandra Austen
Imogen Poots ... Fanny Knight
Phyllida Law ... Mrs. Austen
Pip Torrens ... Edward Austen Knight
Harry Gostelow Harry Gostelow ... Rev. Charles Papillon
Tom Hiddleston ... Mr. John Plumptre
Hugh Bonneville ... Rev. Brook Bridges
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Mr. Lushington MP
Adrian Edmondson ... Henry Austen
Sylvie Herbert Sylvie Herbert ... Mme. Bigeon
Jack Huston ... Doctor Charles Haden
Jason Watkins ... Rev. Clarke
Sally Tatum Sally Tatum ... Anna Lefroy
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In the later years of her life, as she's approaching the age of forty, the novelist Jane Austen helps her niece find a husband.

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3 February 2008 (USA) See more »

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The red print dress Phyllida Law wears at the picnic is the same costume Wendy Hughes (Mrs. Worrall) wears in Princess Caraboo (1994), and Elizabeth Devonport wears in The Regency House Party (2004). See more »

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Jane Austen: [reads to Cassandra from first draft of Persuasion] More than seven years were gone since this little history of sorrowful interest had reached its close;
Jane Austen: She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.She had used him ill, deserted and disappointed him; and worse, she had shewn a feebleness of character in doing so, which his own decided, confident temper could not endure. She had given him up to oblige others.
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Not Much Regret
5 February 2010 | by pdwebbsiteSee all my reviews

I won't bother comparing Miss Austen Regrets to Becoming Jane. I will simply say: skip the latter and turn to the former if truly interested in the life of Jane Austen and not the fictional speculation. One is BBC and the other Hollywood. Enough said.

The only possible criticism of Miss Austen Regrets is how it starts off at such a startlingly quick pace, so much so that if the credits hadn't run I would have thought I'd come in on a good third of the production already gone. Allthe speculation of Jane Austen never having been in love, or having a chance at marriage (especially an advantageous one) is dashed in the first few minutes. From there the audience is left to wonder at the title--is it a what or who she regrets?

The biopic focuses on Jane Austen's latter years, and uses her relationship with her niece Fanny as a means of exploring her past relationships. We come to see financial security was of paramount concern to her, yet that concern was not so much for her sake as it was for her family's. We also see that her freedom to write being more important to her than love. Yet, it is all speculation. It isn't really clear that she had regrets at all. She exuded a satisfaction, so the title is a bit misleading.

What this new biopic brings out is the independence Jane enjoyed, and how much she enjoyed writing. The acting is commendable, the factual details admirable, and the rendering of the time satisfactory (although Jane's outfits swung from either being rather matronly to almost brazen). An enjoyable addition to Austen offerings. Yet, maybe it's time to leave off on the conjectures and meddling in her love life and focus on the brilliance of her writing--no speculation there.


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