Dir: Whit Stillman
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Jane Austen and Whit Stillman would seem a match made in heaven, given this director’s predilection for refined, literate dialogue. It comes as no surprise then that he is just the man to bring Austen’s little known novella “Lady Susan” to the screen. The eponymous heroine is a young, attractive widow, lying low for a while at her in-laws’ country home, amid rumours of past unseemly behaviour with a married gentleman. There she sets about the task of finding husbands for herself and her daughter, to which end she happily casts scruples aside and immerses herself whole-heartedly in an activity in which she is unsurpassed, ie: scheming!