Miss Austen Regrets
An outwardly confident but unmarried woman on the verge of her fortieth birthday reflects on her past suitors and the choices she once made while attempting to help her marriage minded niece choose between a number of potential suitors in this tale inspired by the life and letters of Jane Austen. Jane Austen is about to turn forty, but she still hasn't found her ideal man. When Jane is approached by her niece Fanny and asked to help select the perfect husband for the young girl, the aging spinster begins to wonder why it is that she never found a man to share her own life with. Perhaps if Jane had accepted the proposal of a wealthy landowner she could have saved her family from financial ruin, and what of the handsome young physician who once warmed to Jane after tending to her ailing family members?
A rather fine take on the "real" Austen. Not sure how accurate it is but I did like that in this particular take of her life, she's depicted as a woman full of life who did infact have second thoughts about the decisions she made in her life. Olivia Williams is quite good as Austen and is supported by a great cast of supporting actors including the ever ravishing Imogen Poots.
What I liked about this film was how Jane Austen was portrayed as a charismatic person, which was refreshing.