WIFF | FILMS

TULIP FEVER

Review

Director:

 Justin Chadwick

Genre:

Drama

Country:

UK/USA

Rated:

14A

Year:

2017

Language:

English

Runtime:

105 Minutes

Description:

In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl, Sophia, is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant - an unhappy "arrangement" that saves her from poverty.  However, she wishes for more than an ordinary life of wealth and propriety.  

After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter, a struggling young artist. The two carry out their affair with increasing doses of rashness and deception, meanwhile becoming dependent on the complicity of a servant, the astonishing gullibility of the old man, and the fast cash to be made on the tulip-bulb exchange.  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.

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