Possession

release date:August 16, 2002
Tuesday February 11, 2003 (dvd)
genre:Romance
running time:102 min.
director:Neil LaBute
studio:Odeon Films
producer(s):Barry Levinson, Paula Weinstein
screenplay:David Henry Hwang, Laura Jones, Neil LaBute
cast:Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam, Jennifer Ehle, Lena Headey
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Possession Movie Synopsis

Maud Bailey (Paltrow), a brilliant English academic given to doing things by the book, is researching the life and work of Victorian poet Christabel LaMotte (Ehle). Roland Michell (Eckhart) is an upstart American scholar in London on a fellowship to study the great Randolph Henry Ash (Northam). Ash, the poet laureate to Queen Victoria, is now best-known for a collection of rapturous, late-life poems dedicated to his wife that are going on centenary exhibition.

When Maud and Roland discover a cache of love letters that appear to be from Ash to LaMotte, they follow a trail of clues across England to the Continent, echoing the journey of the impassioned couple over a century earlier.

Adapted from the novel Possession by A.S. Byatt.