1992 ***** 94 mins.
When I finished reading Virginia Woolf's incredible novel, I was nervous to see this film. Virginia Woolf's novel is a brilliant exploration of gender and how each gender fits into different time periods. Much of the book consists of the title character's musings on gender and life, and I didn't think it could translate to film very well. Lo and behold, writer/director Sally Potter crafted a brilliant motion picture experience that captures the spirit of Woolf's novel expertly. It's a gorgeous and haunting film that is subtly comic. It's got an amazing musical score by the director and David Motion. Orlando tells the story of an effeminate-looking young man, beginning in the year 1600, who is requested by Queen Elizabeth I to never grow old. Over the next few centuries, Orlando stays forever young, even becoming a woman halfway through the film. Great performances, and inventive directing by Sally Potter make Orlando a rewarding film that challenges the mind and warms the soul.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated PG-13 for some sensuality.
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