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OscarÂ(r) winners* Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons star as two separate pairs of lovers in this "jarring, engaging [and] beautifully visualized" film (Leonard Maltin). Embraced by audiences andcritics alikeand garnering five 1981 Academy AwardÂ(r) nominations**, including Best Actress (Streep)The French Lieutenant's Woman will forever remain one of the most literate, imaginative and stunning love stories ever to grace the screen. As Mike and Anna, two film actors involved in a tumultuous affair, and Charles and Sarah, the star-crossed Victorian lovers whomthe actors portray, Streep and Irons are at their compelling best. Just as his character Charles' reputation is ruined by the enigmatic Sarah, Mike finds he cannot accept the intangible affections ofthe wiley Anna. The skillful interweaving of these two love storiesone period, one contemporaryyields a fascinating insight into the passion and mystery that can pull two people together...and just as easily tear them apart. *Streep: Actress, Sophie's Choice (1982); SupportingActress, Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)/Irons: Actor, Reversal of Fortune (1990) **Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Costume Design, Film Editing
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