Sunday, 29 April, 5:00pm – FINAL
Based on the novel by Deborah Moggach. This is a fab film on love: bought love, stolen love, secret love – and deceit.
Tulip Fever is a pretty picture, and it effectively transports you back in time.
Lush and boisterous and crammed with the sort of arts gossip and commerce trivia that go nicely with gilded frames and talk of tulip futures.
In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant – an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter, a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.
Definite thumbs up for the turn of the story and a partially strong cast. Gorgeous hues and costumes, the entire set design is a joy to look at. The plot turn is very well written and the second half keeps you guessing, making the film infinitely more enjoyable than the first act – sit it out, you will be rewarded.
USA 2017, 104 min, rated M (violence & sex scenes)
Directed by Justin Chadwick
Starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench & Matthew Morrison