Aaron Ekhart and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this tale of a romantic Victorian mystery. Eckhart is American scholar Roland Michell who discovers passionate letters from fictonal Victorian poet Randolph Henry Ash (Jeremy Northam) and relatively unknown poet Christabel LaMotte (Jennifer Ehle). Paltrow is Dr. Maud Bailey, a British scholar whose family was close to LaMotte. As Roland and Maud track down clues to this unknown literary affair, they find themselves possessed by the powerful story and their own growing relationship. Filled with beautiful scenes of English countryside, POSSESSION will especially attract fans of Victorian love stories.
Unfortunately, the film romanticizes an adulterous affair between its fictional poets. One passionate sexual encounter is fairly graphic with near nudity. Although Christabel is portrayed as lesbian living with a female companion, no sexual activity is implied. However, condoned adultery and a fairly graphic love scene suggest POSSESSION should not be taken.