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The Affair of the Necklace

Actors: Jonathan Pryce, Adrien Brody, Simon Baker, Hilary Swank, Brian Cox

Release Date: Monday 30th November -0001

Running time: 118 minutes

Period drama ensemble piece set in pre revolutionary France in which Hilary Swank plays Comtesse Jeanne de la Motte-Valois, an aristocratic woman left penniless by conniving peers. Deciding to avenge her and her family's fall, she sets out to steal a priceless necklace. While The Affair of the Necklace is a reasonably interesting story, it lacks a certain narrative thrust. In short, there's precious little going here that isn't explained in painstaking detail by the characters and the laboured voice-over. Everyone involved does themselves justice - especially the cameo players - but the whole affair (sorry) has about as much movement as a narcoleptic elephant.