Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge.
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Despite a dressy veneer, this is a tender adapatation of the posthumous Forster novel. Handsomely realised and performed with earnest conviction, this is one of the finer entries in the Merchant Ivory canon shot through with a gentle but righteous sense of an unjust world.
Love between men is OK, except dangerous, because it flattens the social hierarchy. That's why we have to elect hateful pigs as our leaders, to protect ourselves and our heterosexual children, assuring that everything remains the same. And who wouldn't want that?
it's astonishing how swiftly the luminous, tender charm of the Cambridge platonic romance subsides to ponderous tedium as soon as Hugh Grant marries the milquetoast and the rather less witty gamekeeper arrives on the scene
What an exquisite film, and such a perfect love story. I don't think there has been an ensemble cast to match the one in the Merchant Ivory era - I so miss those days! Wilby, Grant, and Graves in particular hit a high note in their acting careers with this piece.
This film demonstrates the social lacks of understanding in the theme of the homosexuality that has matched itself,, aspect surpassing in the tolerance of the societies in front of this phenomenon. He is doing very well acted and directed, the Cuban with comments of compliments was broadcast by the television.