The Crown actress has sex and falls in love in ‘forbidden’ film

Known for playing the young Princess Diana (1960-1997) in The Crown, Emma Corrin is the protagonist of Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2022), a new Netflix film that adapts the erotic novel of the same name by DH Lawrence (1885-1930). With a lot of romance and hot scenes, the feature premiered last Friday (2) and is already among the most watched on the platform.

Considered a classic of British literature, Lawrence’s book caused controversy in the early 20th century. Too radical for the time for exploring eroticism and adultery, the work was banned in several places by moralist and conservative decisions.

Almost 100 years after its publication, Lady Chatterley’s Lover gains an adaptation that honors the main elements of the original work. More carnal than its cinematic counterparts, the film directed by French filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre would certainly also have been banned had it been released decades ago.

The plot tells the story of Connie Reid (Emma), a young man who marries Lord Clifford Chatterley (Matthew Duckett) after being enchanted by him. The boy, however, leaves to fight in the First World War (1914-1918) the day after the wedding and returns paraplegic.

Emma Corrin in Lady Chatterley’s Lover

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The need to give her husband almost constant attention makes Connie a prisoner in her own marriage. Prevented from leaving the vast property of the Chatterley family, she spends her days exploring the region, until she begins to cross the path of Oliver Mellors (Jack O’Connell), the gamekeeper hired by her husband to take care of the place.

With Clifford unable to fulfill his sexual needs, Connie begins to see the happiness in her marriage melt away. Her husband, aware that he cannot satisfy her, proposes a deal: with the intention of giving him an heir, she is free to choose someone to have a relationship with. He only asks that she never reveal the truth and not tell him who the future father of the child is.

Despite being horrified by the proposal, Connie sinks deeper and deeper into her loneliness. Upon realizing that she married an elitist man with little empathy for the underprivileged, she sees Oliver as someone to admire. After many encounters, the two begin a torrid and passionate romance.

The new version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is never shy about eroticism and full-on sex, though it sometimes seems to go overboard with seemingly gratuitous nude scenes. But Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s vision was never in doubt that Lawrence’s original story is, in fact, a love story.

Emma Corrin and Matthew Duckett

Emma Corrin and Matthew Duckett

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The director takes the time to build the sexual tension between the two lovers until their trysts in a remote cabin in the property’s boundless grounds become a regular getaway for the two. Next to her beloved, Connie discovers that she doesn’t want to be a lady, a title she resents. Between warm and tender scenes, O’Donnell and Emma achieve a palpable chemistry throughout most of the film, believably selling their desire for each other and the growing love born of it.

Between stories about forbidden love or extramarital affairs filled with eroticism, Lady Chatterley’s Lover does not reinvent the wheel. There are no big surprise twists or unforgettable dramatic scenes. It is the good old story of a love that is born out of the unexpected, of those that the public hopes for a happy ending. The sex and nudity are there, but it is in the passion that Laure’s film is based.

Jack O'Connell and Emma Corrin

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

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