A Handful of Dust (1988) short review

Kristin Scott Thomas stars as the wife of a wealthy Englishman (James Wilby). The movie chronicles her affair with Rupert Graves (from Room with a View — rrrr) and the end of her marriage in 1930s England.  It all trucks along quite nicely until the last 15-20 min. or so, which (I assume follows the plot of the novel) is totally incongruous with the rest of the film. Based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited). Lots of REALLY beautiful bias-cut satin charmeuse gowns and great hairstyles.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.