The Portrait of a Lady
Character: Isabel Archer
Directed by: Jane Campion
Written by: Laura Jones
Produced by: Steve Golin, Monty Montgomery
Other cast: John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Donovan
Release date: January 17, 1997
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running time: 2h 24min

Ms. Isabel Archer isn't afraid to challenge societal norms. Impressed by her free spirit, her kindhearted cousin writes her into his fatally ill father's will. Suddenly rich and independent, Isabelle ventures into the world, along the way befriending a cynical intellectual (Barbara Hershey) and romancing an art enthusiast. However, the advantage of her affluence is called into question when she realizes the extent to which her money colors her relationships.


• Nicole Kidman spent two weeks in bed after filming wrapped, diagnosed as suffering from “emotional stress”.
• Nicole Kidman originally read the book at a young age in primary school and admittedly felt she didn’t understand it. She re-read it at the age of twenty-one and fell in love with it.
• Nicole Kidman wore a corset while filming to take her waist down to nineteen inches.

Character’s Quotes

• I’m rather ashamed of my plans. I make a new one every day.
• Why should there be pain then? That’s not the deepest thing.

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