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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • PLENTY is an exploration of post World War II European society and its discontents, as symbolized by the shifting emotional and political alliances of one English woman. For Susan Traherne (Meryl Streep), nothing can match the heroism and excitement of her wartime involvement with the French Resistance; nor can any man match the young soldier with whom she had an affair. Back in England, her youthful optimism slowly fades as she experiments with a variety of political movements and a variety of men. Tracey Ullman costars as Susan's constant companion, who lives life as a bohemian free spirit, uninhibited, but unable to stop Susan's decline into depression and unabashed alienation. Ultimately, Susan settles into a marriage with an upper class diplomat that leads to disillusionment and, finally, madness. Meryl Streep gives an astonishing performance as the fiercely independent and emotionally overwrought woman, with command performances from a remarkable ensemble cast including: John Geilgud, Tracey Ullman, Sam Neill, and Sting. The film is based on the critically acclaimed play by David Hare.
  • Credits
    Meryl Streep, Mary Louise Streep, John Gielgud
  • Critic Reviews
    "...An ambitious study in behaviour..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...An absorbing and fastidiously made adaptation of David Hare's acclaimed play..."

    "...What builds beneath this quiet exterior, shot through with dark wit, is a haunting examination of the price romantic idealism can exact....Meryl Streep gives the most beautifully modulated performance of her career..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Post-war Britain crumbles, and so does Meryl Streep's Susan Traherne character in PLENTY. A great performance in a brilliantly acted movie..."
    USA Today

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