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Maurice (1987)Maurice (1987)

Maurice (1987)

James Ivory’s coming-of-age drama examines not only who we fall in love with, but how we choose to love them—tenderly, honestly, wildly

Drama, Romance

7.4

movie

United Kingdom

English, Latin

Dramatic, Lovely, Romantic

1987

James Ivory

Arthur Whybrow, Barry Foster, Ben Kingsley

140 min

Synopsis

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Our Take

7.4
Taylor Leigh Harper

In this romantic drama, James Ivory adapts E.M. Forster’s novel Maurice. Set in the early 20th century, Maurice Hall befriends Clive Durham while studying at Cambridge. Clive is rich, handsome, endlessly charming—and in love with Maurice. The two’s relationship blossoms quietly as they steal intimate moments in lush pastures and empty hallways. Fans of Call Me By Your Name will recognize some of the most tender and tense scenes, wherein Clive and Maurice lie together in the grass, surrounded only by weeds and flowers, as if they were the only two lovers left in the world. 

But their love story is stunted and complicated by notions of class and etiquette in an oppressive, conservative England. This is a coming-of-age story in which Maurice must ask himself not only who he is, but also who he wants to become, and how to live an earnest, honest life in the light.

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