Period Romance Triple Feature [DVD]

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Synopsis

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Boaz Yakin (a Sundance winner for Fresh) wrote and directed this drama, set in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community, about a young woman who harbors doubts about continuing to follow the path of her religion. Sonia (Renee Zellweger) gives birth to her first child. She wants to name the boy after her dead brother, but after an argument over the name, she resentfully defers to her husband, scholarly zaddik (holy man) Mendel (Glenn Fitzgerald). Both are apprehensive over the child's circumcision. Hasidic traditions dictate their life, including aspects of making love which leave Sonia sexually frustrated. This leads her into an affair with Mendel's older brother, the materialistic Sender (Christopher Eccleston), who offers her an opportunity to manage his neighborhood jewelry store. Against the wishes of Mendel, she accepts, displaying her flair for the jewelry business and establishing herself as a very good businesswoman. However, after she befriends sensitive Hispanic artist Ramon (Allen Payne), a sculptor and jewelry designer, she upsets everyone, especially Sender, who bars her from the store. Forbidden to see her child, Sonia begins a confused, downward spiral. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Ethan Frome
Ethan Frome is an adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1911 novella . Set in Massachusetts in the late-19th century, the film relates the sad story of reclusive farmer Ethan Frome (Liam Neeson). Considering himself too homely for romance, he enters into a loveless marriage with the wealthy but spiteful Zeena (Joan Allen). Things become nearly unendurable when Zeena becomes an invalid, imperiously demanding her husband's attentions day and night. Ethan seeks solace in an affair with Zeena's pretty cousin Mattie Silver (Patricia Arquette), who has arrived to act as housekeeper. Produced on behalf of PBS' American Playhouse, Ethan Frome was released theatrically in late 1992. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Robert Louis Stevenson's St. Ives
Based on the novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, this film version of St. Ives is a romantic costume adventure set during the end of the Napoleonic Wars. The dashing Jacques St. Ives (Jean Marc Barr) is an officer in the French army who slips and literally falls into the hands of the British army. He is summarily locked up in a Scottish prison where he fortuitously gains the fancy of the young and beautiful Flora (Anna Friel). Flora and her aunt Miss Gilchrist (Miranda Richardson) help St. Ives escape in order to reunite him with the grandfather (Michael Gough) who thought St. Ives was killed years ago. But the celebration is cut short as St. Ives' embittered brother (Jason Isaacs) decides he doesn't wish to share his inheritance. The ensuing conflict produces numerous sword fights, a hot air balloon chase, adventures with warring armies, and a climactic wedding. ~ Jessica Frost, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Christopher Eccleston
    Christopher Eccleston - Sender
  • Glenn Fitzgerald
    Glenn Fitzgerald - Mendel
  • Allen Payne
    Allen Payne - Ramon
  • Julianna Margulies
    Julianna Margulies - Rachel
  • Kathleen Chalfant
    Kathleen Chalfant - Beggar Woman
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