in class-conscious England near theclose of the 18th century, the five Bennet sisters–Elizabeth, or Lizzie, Jane,
on finding them husbands and securing set futures. The spirited and intelligent
Elizabeth, however, strives to live her life with a broader perspective, as
encouraged by her doting father. When wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley takes up
residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. Amongst the mans
sophisticated circle of London friends and the influx of young militia officers,
surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the Bennet sisters. Eldest
daughter Jane, serene and beautiful, seems poised to win Mr. Bingleys heart.
For her part, Lizzie meets with the handsome and–it would seem–snobbish Mr.
Darcy, and the battle of the sexes is joined. Their encounters are frequent and
spirited yet far from encouraging. Lizzie finds herself even less inclined to
accept a marriage proposal from a distant cousin, Mr. Collins, and–supported by
her father–stuns her mother and Mr. Collins by declining. When the heretofore
good-natured Mr. Bingley abruptly departs for London, devastating Jane, Lizzieholds Mr. Darcy culpable for contributing to the heartbreak. But a crisisinvolving youngest sister Lydia soon opens Lizzies eyes to the true nature ofher relationship with Mr. Darcy.
Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland