Plenty

Plenty

DVD - 2010
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Susan Traherne is a former World War II French Resistance fighter who returns to her home in post-war Britain haunted by her experiences in occupied France. She finds that she is having trouble fitting back into formal British society after the war.

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jimg2000
Dec 02, 2016

A study of an ideological woman who tried to adjust and find meaning in a stuffy hierarchical postwar British society after a stint as a sympathizer of the French Resistance in World War II. Streep looked, sounded and acted sublimely in this film that was sandwiched between her iconic roles in "Sophie's Choice 1982" and "Out of Africa 1985." They don't make those 1980s vintage of Meryl Streep anymore. Enjoy.
Critics: 3.5/4 Roger Ebert, 6.1/10 IMDb and 57% Rotten Tomatoes
Roger Ebert: Streep gave "a performance of great subtlety; it is hard to play an unbalanced, neurotic, self-destructive woman, and do it with such gentleness and charm... Streep creates a whole character around a woman who could have simply been a catalogue of symptoms."

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Mikogee
Sep 27, 2016

Meryl Streep probably acted this role divinely, but I could not understand the character. The director, I think, aspired to a level of dramatic art that I could not comprehend.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Yeah, whatever. The opportunity to see the radiant Meryl Streep at the beginning of her prime (which fortunately, is still going strong), with a top-notch director was too much to resist. I shoulda resisted. The faults of this film are the faults of the play...to which it seems extremely faithful. It just doesn't hold together. The daring, extreme time jumps in the narrative that illustrate the life and times of this exemplary woman prove to be extremely risky...because every time she reappears, she seems to be an entirely different character. There's no convincing glue that holds this broad together, and nothing about her seems real...except the writer's desire to fashion a character that epitomizes the disillusion of the entire postwar British nation. This lack of consistency doesn't only affect the main character, but some subsidiary ones, as well. It just don't work, regardless of casting (arguably) the finest actor of an entire generation. (sigh).

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sdiblasio
Mar 26, 2014

This movie is rated R because of promiscuous sex, drugs and alcohol abuse and coarse language. There was a few violent scenes but one was a suggested shooting of the man who could not impregnate her. This movie shows little about the French Resistance. It does not do credit for the women and men who risked their lives to free France from Nazi oppression. The risk they took was valiant with integrity. Their life expectancy was six months. This movie portrayed a picture of a woman having repeated sexual encounters with a few scenes about her courier involvement. It did vaguely mention Nasser, the Egyptian uprising and Winston Churchill. I am disappointed that an actress of such character would accept such a trashy role.

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nptphoto
Feb 05, 2012

An overlooked masterpiece. "Plenty" is never mentioned in the corporate hack critics' listings of Meryl Streep's best performances, primarily because the narrative is so dark and the character she plays is a psychotic, life-annihilating monster. Nothing noble or redemptive going on here!! But she's much better as the never-satisfied Susan than in the dumb movies for which she was (and continues to be) so heavily praised. Supposedly, she and her co-star Charles Dance hated each other during the filming, which could account for why the 2 actors realistically seem like a married couple.

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

Susan Traherne returns to her home in post-war Britain haunted by her experiences as a resistance fighter in occupied France.
Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, John Gielgud, Sting, Ian McKellen, Sam Neill.
Studio Canal

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jimg2000
Dec 02, 2016

There will be days and days and days like this. (Plenty right?)
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The English language, she is a demanding mistress...you beat her and the bitch obeys.
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I have a weakness, I like to lose control.
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I want to believe in you, so tell me nothing.
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As an empire collapses, there is little to believe in. Behavior is all.
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I would stop, I would stop, I would stop fxcking talking if I ever heard anybody else say anything worth fxcking stopping talking for!
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I want to change everything, and I don't know how.

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