A Room With a View
Drama | English | 117 minutes
Adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster, Lucy Honeychurch, a young Englishwoman, is touring Italy with her older cousin Charlotte, who is serving as her chaperone. At the hotel, Lucy is smitten by the handsome, George Emerson. Back in Surrey, England, Lucy is bothered by her socially snobbish fiancé, Cecil Vyse. He looks down at Lucy’s family as inferior. George Emerson reappears in Lucy’s life as he rents a nearby cottage. Lucy is conflicted: she’s impressed with the wealth and high social standing of Cecil, but she also feels love for the more philosophical and kindly George.
Helena Bonham Carter (Lucy Honeychurch) / Julian Sands (George Emerson) / Maggie Smith (Charlotte Bartlett) / Daniel Day-Lewis (Cecil Vyse)
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- Metacritic Score: 83
- Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Picture; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Maggie Smith); Best Director (James Ivory)
- BAFTA Awards: Winner, Best Film; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judi Dench)
- Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Motion Picture (Maggie Smith)
- National Board of Review: Winner, Best Film
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What’s exhilarating about this film is that it’s not only about perplexing and eccentric characters, it’s also about how they can change their lives.
The Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala ROOM WITH a VIEW is like a holiday out of time. It’s a journey into another dimension as it travels from the dangerously seductive settings of Florence to the more serene landscapes of England, where undeclared wars are fought over tea cups.
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