A Good Woman – Review

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Wealthy American Robert (Mark Umbers) and his new bride Meg (Scarlett Johansson) arrive on Italy’s Amalfi coast, where they settle in among the ex-pat community.

Chief among them are a group of aging, amiable toffs – led by Tuppy (Tom Wilkinson), a charming, young British aristocrat, Lord Darlington (Stephen Campbell Moore) and a mysterious, New York Socialite, Mrs Erlynne (Helen Hunt).

Against the backdrop of the build-up to a birthday bash, thrown in Meg’s honour, a series of misunderstandings and incorrect assumptions play havoc with the emotional ties that bind the characters together.

Illicit affairs seem justified and relationships seem threatened – but as secrets are revealed, it becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems.


This adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windermere’s Fan” is just what’s required from a period piece: lavish costumes and locations, quaint morality and unrequited love.

And as you’d expect from Wilde’s pen, it’s overflowing with unfortunate misunderstandings, coincidences and one-liners so sharp and frequent, it’s often hard to keep up.

The performances fit the time and the place, but the direction seems laboured and the overall story a little flat.

In an age when cinema-going audiences expect increasingly different and brave films, this will ultimately appeal largely to those whose tastes are firmly routed in the past.