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From the novel of the same name by Virginia Woolf
A young man is commanded by Elizabeth I never to grow old…and doesn’t.
My book group read this, and it was pretty good; I certainly liked it better than the only other Woolf book I had read to that time, To The Lighthouse. So I said to Mr. Otter, we both really liked the movie when it came out, let’s watch it again!
And we did…and it was still good. Not as stellar as I had remembered, but certainly enjoyable.
Orlando, given the gift of long life and youth, is on a self-narrated quest for poetry and love. The tale is told with humor, especially when he goes on a voyage and returns as a woman, having decided that that may be the reason he can’t find true love.
There are some nice observations about male and female roles (especially in the second half of the movie, which is much more enjoyable than the first because of Orlando’s comments about being female) and beautiful settings.
This is charming and interesting, and lightly amusing. A fun movie for an evening with someone you love!