Sense and Sensibility
Based on the novel by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility is a deeply touching film about love lost and found, friendships and separations, heartaches and joys. It has been acclaimed as one of the best adaptations of Austen's work of all times and earned 7 Academy Award nominations including for Best Picture and Best Actress. The screenplay was developed by Emma Thompson who took 5 years to write it and won an Academy award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, thus becoming the only actress with two Academy Awards in different categories as Best Actress and Screenplay.
After the death of the rich Mr Dashwood (Tom Wilkinson), the rich estate of Norland Park, according to law is inherited by his son from his first marriage reducing his present wife Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and three daughters Elinor (Emma Thompson), Marianne (Kate Winslet) and Margaret (Emilie Francois) with hardly anything to live on. They soon move out to a small cottage offered to them on the estate of Mrs. Dashwood's cousin where Marianne meets and falls in love with John Willoughby (Greg Wise) who leaves her to marry a rich woman. Col. Brandon (Alan Rickman) is the kindest and best of men as described by Elinor Dashwood, who falls in love with Marianne at first sight. On the other hand Elinor's future is uncertain as she forms a deep friendship with Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) the rich brother of her step sister-in-law.
A masterpiece of a film, it is recommended for all audiences. I already watched it three times! And it has a very sweet and touching ending. :)