(2017) (Alicia Vikander, Dean DeHaan) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: Two young lovers -- a married woman and the artist her older husband commissioned to do a portrait of her -- hedge their getaway and future together on feverish speculation surrounding the value of tulips in 17th century Amsterdam.
- It's the 1630s in Amsterdam and Sophia (ALICIA VIKANDER) is a young woman who three years ago left the orphanage run by an Abbess (JUDI DENCH) to become the bride of peppercorn king Cornelis Sandvoort (CHRISTOPH WALTZ). Unfortunately, she's been unable to get pregnant, something that's left her distraught, although he has no problem continuing to try to make that happen.
Things change when he commissions young artist Jan Van Loos (DANE DeHAAN) to paint a portrait of him and Sophia. Once she and Jan lock eyes, they're instantly smitten and it's not long before they enter into a torrid affair. Sophia manages to keep that secret from her husband, but not from their maid, Maria (HOLLIDAY GRAINGER), who's just learned she's pregnant by her fishmonger boyfriend, Willem Brok (JACK O'CONNELL), who's been forced into naval service, unbeknownst to Maria.
Realizing Cornelis will fire her for being in that state, Maria blackmails Sophia with threats of revealing her affair should Cornelis learn of the pregnancy. The two women then join forces where Sophia pretends to be pregnant, with a devious plan attached to the end of that, all so that she can run off with Jan. At the same time, he's gotten into the volatile and potentially profitable world of tulip speculation that he hopes to use to make enough money so that he and Sophia can live happily ever after.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some older teens might, especially if they're into period costume dramas or might be fans of Vikander or anyone else in the film.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For sexual content and nudity.
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