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montreal LESBIAN GAY BI TRANS film festival


James Ivory 2000 United Kingdom 140min english

30 years on and Maurice is still as witty, thoughtful, and relevant as ever. And now, with a digital makeover, even more stunning. The inspired pairing of novelist E.M. Forster and Merchant Ivory Productions provides a lush verbal and visual landscape for the story of two men who meet at Cambridge, Maurice (James Wilby) and Clive (a fetching, pre-fame Hugh Grant), as they navigate their “unspeakable” feelings for one another in a post-Oscar Wilde trial England. Affairs grow more complicated still with an arrest, a marriage, and a new man, Clive’s under-gamekeeper, Scudder (Sherlock’s Rupert Graves). Class condescension, mind-body dualism, and the cruelty and internalized homophobia wrought by repression – each is investigated through the eyes of two Edwardian gentlemen and the hired help that threatens to steal one of their befuddled hearts. Much has changed in the 30 years since Maurice was released and the century spanning the story’s world and our own, but much has remained the same: the specters of fear and hate, and the arsenal of unspeakable love. 30 looks great on you, Maurice. – Michael Belcher

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Cinémathèque Québécoise