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

[military drum beat]

Man, narrating:


If only if it hadn't been for Langford.

How happy we might have been.


Manwaring, don't turn

your back to me, please!

I can't bear it!


Wait! I beg you!

Catherine, a letter.

Seems Lady Susan will finally visit.

In fact, she is already on her way.

- What?

- Lady Susan Vernon?

Congratulations on

being about to receive

the most accomplished

flirt in all England.

- You misjudge her, Reginald.

- How so?

Well, like many women

of beauty and distinction,

our sister-in-law has been a victim of

the spirit of jealousy and all that.

- It's jealousy?

- Yes.

Well, like anyone,

Susan might be capable

of an action or a remark

which is open to misconstruction,

but I can't help

but admire the fortitude

with which she has

supported grave misfortune.

Excuse me.

I spoke out of turn.

Why would Lady Susan,

who was so well settled at Langford

- suddenly want to visit us?

- What reason does she give?

Her "anxiety to meet me

and to know the children"

has never concerned her before.

Your Ladyship.

Susan. Come, hurry.

My dear, such haste.

How curious you are.

Mr. Johnson's carriage is about

to come into the street.

Surely that must happen often.

- You didn't receive my letter.

- Letter?

Mr. Johnson forbids

my seeing you.

Why, that's preposterous.

By what means "forbids?"

He threatens the severest

punishment imaginable:

sending me back to Connecticut.

Oh, to be tarred and feathered.

He claims to have important

business at Hartford.

He threatens to settle there if our

connection isn't entirely severed.

And for what possible

reason or pretext?

His former ward Lucy

Manwaring wrote to him.

Did she?

- Horrid woman.

- I know.


If she were going to be jealous,

she should not have married

such a charming man.

I recall thinking

as I approached Langford,

I like this man.

Pray heaven no harm come of it.

I was determined to be discrete,

and I have been,

admitting no one's attentions

but Manwaring's,

avoiding general flirtation entirely...

except for a little notice

bestowed on Sir James Martin,

but if the world knew my motive there,

it would honor me.

- Martin?

- Sir James Martin,

of Martindale.

- Vastly rich, rather simple.

- Ideal.

Miss Maria Manwaring

has set her cap for him,

considering such an income too large

not to be shared,

but with a little notice, I detached him

and soon had him in love with Frederica.

If my daughter were not the

greatest simpleton on earth,

- she'd be engaged to him now.

- What?

She refused him...

a baronet with 10,000 a year.

- It's all so provoking.

- But where will you live?

If there were another place open to me,

I would crawl there on my knees.

The worst spot this side of the ocean.

A country village.

Churchill, my brother-in-law's seat.

Mrs. Cross, a gentlewoman

in strait and circumstances,

will come with me as my companion,

to pack and unpack, you know,

that sort of thing.

And, as there's an element

of friendship involved,

I'm sure the paying of wages

would be offensive to us both.

My brother-in-law

Charles Vernon is very rich.

Once a man gets his name on a

banking house, he rolls in money.

So it's not very rational for his lady

to begrudge the sums he's advanced me.

Decidedly irrational.

Not rational at all.

I have no money and no husband.

Well, in one's plight, they say,

is one's opportunity.

Not that I would ever want to think

in opportunistic terms.

Oh, certainly not. Never.

Churchill coming

into view, Your Ladyship.

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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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