Henry James's novel of social-climbing, forbidden love, friendship and betrayal, given a lush treatment that neglects neither the elaborate period trappings nor the story's intensely contemporary emotional underpinnings. Kate Croy (Helena Bonham
Carter) is the daughter of a socially prominent mother who abandoned her station for the love of an opium-addicted wastrel (Michael Gambon). After her mother's death, Kate is taken under the wing of her steely aunt Maude (Charlotte Rampling) and faced with a wrenching choice: She can return to
the life of money and privilege into which her mother was born, but only if she abandons her lover, journalist Merton Densher (Lin...