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The tenuous boundaries between art and life begin to blur irrevocably for Julia Lambert (Annette Benning), an aging actress of the 1930s British stage. Bored and frustrated with her career, Lambert allows a dashing, adoring fan (Shaun Evans) to chase her. This riles both his young lover (Lucy Punch) and her producer husband (Jeremy Irons), forcing Lambert to rediscover her career in a humorous and unexpected fashion. Istvan Szabo's (Mephisto) lush costume drama sparkles with life, and Benning proves a perfect fit for the witty and complex stage diva protagonist. "[Benning] digs into a pagoda-size heap of roles and roles-within-roles and pulls them all out, one by one, deftly" (Desson Thomson, Washington Post).

Istvan Szabo---USA---2004---103 mins.