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Collider | 'Love & Friendship' Review

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Writer-director Whit Stillman relishes societal pomposity and self-obsessed characters, and his latest film, Love & Friendship, shows that he’s adept at skewering ridiculous relationships and selfish people no matter what setting. Although the film is based off Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan, Love & Friendship has far more in common with Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, and Damsels in Distress than Emma, Pride & Prejudice, and Sense & Sensibility. And yet while Stillman and Austen work well together, eventually the pairing loses some of its charm as the director doesn’t seem to know what to do with his source material.

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