The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Romance


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An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare.


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  • Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich in The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
  • Director Jane Campion, with daughter, discusses a scene with two actresses.
  • Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich in The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

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19 January 2001 | Xanadu-2
Better than expected...
After the cool reception the film received I thought it would be very dull and pretentious. It´s much more interesting and does engage the viewer because of the tremendous acting. It´s wonderful with movies that give actors enough time and space to act out all the emotions in their character -very rare...

Nicole Kidman is very talented. (I hadn´t expected that from someone married to a very mediocre actor as Tom Cruise but he must have other qualities...) Barbra Hershey is a revelation! What a tremendous actress, really everything she says rings true. Exceptional acting! She and Nicole should have been nominated for Oscars. It´s a treat to see the 2 Shelleys in film these days. Misses Winters and Duvall bring life to the film....which CANNOT be said of the overhyped John Malcovich. Is he a sleepwalker? With his half closed eyes and droning voice he is supposed to be one of Americas greatest actors. I can´t see it. He was good in "Being John Malcovich" which is just the point : John Malcovich can only play John Malcovich!

It is a good film to experience. Have patience with it. Not everything works, like the 90´s girls in the beginning (huh?, was it just to attract a young audience and make the subject matter "timeless"?) The special effects of seeing the 3 lovers evaporate was unnecessary. They could just have walked out of the frame, the meaning would be the same and the scene would have been spookier without the Star Trek effects.

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Details

Release Date:

17 January 1997

Language

English, Italian


Country of Origin

UK, USA

Filming Locations

Palazzo Pfanner, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,819 29 December 1996

Gross USA:

$3,692,836

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,692,836

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