Possession (2002) short review


I’m not a huge fan of A.S. Byatt (don’t hit me), and I only mildly liked the book, so don’t be surprised that I only mildly liked the film. As in the book, I thought the modern day romance between Maud (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Roland (Aaron Eckhart) was far more interesting than the Victorian romance between Christabel LaMotte (Jennifer Ehle) and Ash (Jeremy Northam). Nice 1860s costumes, but nothing to make me jump up and down.


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.

One Response

  1. M.E. Lawrence

    A very thin, almost-terrible adaptation of Byatt’s novel. I thought Ehle was badly cast in the first place and her character so underwritten that the whole movie lost any emotional impact it might have achieved.