Despite being a successful actress, below the surface Julia Lambert is deeply troubled by her disloyal husband and her estranged son. Happiness finally appears to enter her life in the form of her son's friend Tom, but when she realises that he has an ulterior motive, she seeks revenge...
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Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon, Bruce Greenwood
Director And Cast Commentary With Istvan Szabo And Jeremy Irons And Annette Bening\Deleted Scenes\Making Of Featurette, Widescreen, Closed Caption, With Subtitles
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W. Somerset Maugham
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As she enters her early 40s, London theatre actress Julia Lambert (Annette Bening) starts having a nervous breakdown. She still rules the West End, but is growing too old for ingenue parts. When Tom Fennell (Shaun Evans), an adoring lad half her age, comes into her life, a clandestine affair begins. Though she's happy for a while, Julia eventually winds up in a face-off with a Tom's other, much younger lover (Lucy Punch). Luckily, the spirit of Julia's cantankerous old acting coach (London theatre legend Michael Gambon) follows Julia around offering some tough-love encouragement. Set in the late 1930s, this is a fine costume comedy-drama about the sorrows and joys of art. The eternal question of 'when am I acting and when am I myself'.