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Love and Friendship: the case for a wicked heroine

Whit Stillman's Austen adaptation delights in its own triumphant wit

By Nabeelah Jaffer  
Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan in Whit Stillman's

Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan in Whit Stillman's "Love and Friendship"

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A young lady entering high society must navigate scheming mothers, interfering aunts and proud men. Her prize? Romance and a suitable spouse. Whit Stillman’s new film Love and Friendship—adapted from an early Jane Austen novella—has all the ingredients of a typical Regency costume drama. But at the story’s heart is not shy young Frederica (Morfydd Clark) searching for a husband, but the bolder…

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