When her husband is paralyzed in World War I, frustration drives Lady Chatterley into an affair with a gamekeeper. She finds in her new lover not only physical passion but also an inner kindness, both of which her husband can no longer provide.
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- Pascale Ferran
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
NoLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this subtitled French drama -- which is about infidelity, how lust morphs into love, and why sex can be transformative -- isn't for kids. Though it's mostly sophisticated when it comes to tackling the subject of sex -- a tough feat considering there's so much of it in the movie -- some scenes are quite graphic (one shows a woman atop a man, both naked; another shows a man's genitals). And the sounds the lovers make during sex are even more explicit. And then there's the fact that the movie devolves into class struggles in a way that may be too complicated for younger viewers, anyway.
- Sexual Content
- A handful of scenes depict simulated intercourse, though in many of them the characters are still partially clothed. Only a few scenes show both characters fully naked from head to toe engaged in sex. Genitals -- male and female -- are shown in one scene; later, the lovers lie atop each other naked. In another scene, Constance and Parkin put flowers in each other's pubic region and run naked in the rain. Constance stands in front of a mirror naked from the waist up, then takes off the rest of her clothes.
- Very little. There's a moment when one character tells her confidante about another character's brawl, but no actual fighting is seen on screen. Also, Sir Clifford and his pals discuss the gruesome business and casualties of war in an early scene.
- Mild and flowery. Sexual conquest is prefaced by a fairly innocuous "Do you want to be with me?"
- Social Behavior
- Lady Constance and Parkin indulge in infidelity; later, she hints to her husband that she may try to get pregnant by another man. He doesn't protest, but merely airs his "conditions" (the man must be of "decent" stock, etc.). Constance lies about her whereabouts, and Lord Clifford speaks dismissively of the men who work for him in his family's mines.
- Not applicable.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some smoking (including close-ups of cigarettes being lit or offered in their cases). More tea-drinking than alcohol -- sex is the drug of choice here -- though wine is served at parties.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it