Source: Catholic News Service
Lavishly mounted, compellingly acted but somewhat morally lax costume drama, based on real events, recounting the tangled lives of the late-18th-century Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley), her coldly indifferent husband (Ralph Fiennes), her best friend (Hayley Atwell), who becomes his live-in lover and the statesman (Dominic Cooper) for whom she falls. Director and co-writer Saul Dibb's adaptation of Amanda Foreman's biography, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, delineates the plight of aristocratic yet powerless women, but also tends to legitimize its subject's adultery. Strong sexual content, including a nongraphic but intense rape scene and adulterous sexual activity, brief rear nudity, domestic abuse theme and sexual references. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III—adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13—parents strongly cautioned; some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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