The Crimson Petal And The White (Import DVD)
List Price R 210
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Marguerite, South Africa. 13 May 2014
Beware, if you thought that the Victorian era was a model of morality and decorum, think again. This study of Victorian prostitution and abuse, is strong stuff, but beautifully photographed and acted. Sugar (BAFTA nominated Romola Garai)is a teen age prostitute, working for her brothel-keeping mother (Gillian Anderson), who vents her rage in her sadistic writing. Into her life stumbles William (Chris O'Dowd), a man burdened by his failure as a businessman, a husband and an unfulfilled writer. Willia's wife Agnes (Amanda Hale)is a tragically unstable woman, subjected to the dubious and disturbing ministrations of her doctor (Richard E.Grant). Adding to the tension within the household is William's equally unstable brother Henry (Mark Gatiss)and the doctor's consumptive sister (Shirley Henderson) who share an unrequited love for each other.
When William brings Sugar into the household as governess to his young daughter (Isla Watt), Sugar reacts to Agnes's emotional vulnerability with unexpected compassion, and sets in motion a chain of events that eventually leads to her long-awaited revenge on the male sex.
This thought-provoking 4 part TV series is not recommended for more sensitive viewers.