Love & Friendship

Synopsis: Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Whit Stillman
Production: Westerly Films
  7 wins & 46 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Heavens, what a bore.

Yes. Decidedly boring.


- Susan, welcome.

- Thank you.

- This is Mrs. Cross.

- Mrs. Cross.

You're quite welcome to Churchill.

This is Frederick and Ellen.

Good afternoon, Frederick.

Very pleased to meet you.

Mrs. Cross is a friend

of Lady Susan

and should be in the adjoining room.

No reason to complain

of Mr. Vernon's reception.

Not entirely satisfied with his lady's.

- No?

- Mm-mm.

She's perfectly well bred...

surprisingly so.

But her manner doesn't persuade me

she was disposed in my favor.

As you might have noticed,

I sought to be as amiable as possible.

Exceptionally amiable.

In fact, entirely charming.

- Excuse me for saying so.

- Oh, not at all. It's true.

I wanted her to be delighted with me,

but I didn't succeed.

I can't understand it.

It's true I've always detested her

and that, before her marriage,

I went to great lengths to prevent it.

Yet it shows an illiberal spirit to resent

for long a plan which didn't succeed.

Decidedly illiberal.

Not liberal at all.

My opposing her marriage

and then later preventing her and

Charles from buying Vernon Castle

might have given her

an unfavorable impression of me,

but I've noticed that where

there's a disposition to dislike,

a pretext will soon be found.

- You mustn't reproach yourself.

- I shan't. The past is done.

My project will be the children.

I know a couple of their names already,

and I've decided to attach myself

to young Frederick in particular...

taking him on my lap and sighing

over him for his dear aunt's sake.

[knock on door]

Come in.

Mrs. Vernon's compliments,

Your Ladyship.

She asks if you and Mrs. Cross

would join her for tea.

With pleasure.

Mrs. Cross would prefer her repose,

but thank Mrs. Vernon.

I'll join her directly.

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Whit Stillman

John Whitney "Whit" Stillman (born January 25, 1952) is an American writer-director known for his 1990 film Metropolitan, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and the 1998 romantic drama The Last Days of Disco. more…

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