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"The most notorious novel of the century."

Lady Chatterley's Lover was an adaptation of the D.H Lawrence novel of the same name. The film which came out in 1981 was directed by Just Jaecklin and features Sylvia Kristel in the title role. Constance Reid, a woman with an upper middle class upbringing, marries Clifford Chatterley (Shane Briant) at the age of twenty three. In 1917, after a month honeymoon, he is sent to war. After being severely wounded, he returns home paralyzed from the waist down.

It is soon discovered that he is impotent as well. Clifford becomes more withdrawn and distant towards Constance. Constance is starved for companionship and the closeness a man and women should have. Clifford withdraws into his writing and surrounds himself with the intellectual set and a growing dependency on his nurse Ivy Bolton (Ann Mitchell). Knowing he cannot satisfy his young wife, he gives her leave to look for comfort elsewhere.

Oliver Mellors (Nicholas Clay) is the gamekeeper on Clifford's estate. He has just returned from the war, derisive and aloof. Although he purposely gruff and rude to Constance, she is drawn to him, sensing his underlying sensuality. He tries to keep her at arms length but soon they are drawn together. Although Constance is looking for physical excitement, they soon become intellectually entwined as well and she feels a profound love for him.

Unfortunately their love story does not end quite a happily as it should. Constance discovers that she is pregnant. Clifford refuses to give her a divorce. She leaves Clifford and moves in with her sister. Oliver's life is just as complicated. He has a deep love for Constance however he too has an estranged wife who does not live with him but refuses to divorce him.

R
| 1981 | 1 hr 44 min | 5.1/10
Cast
Director
Just Jaeckin
Language
English
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