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  • Published: [United States] : Acorn Media, [2005].
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 180 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD

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  • 1569387907 :
  • 054961790791

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Call number: DVD Drama Fingersmith

Available Copies: Malletts Adult

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Based on the acclaimed novel by Sarah Waters.

Special features: exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette; character profiles; photo gallery; cast filmographies.

Sally Hawkins, Rupert Evans, Elaine Cassidy.

A rousing adaptation of Sarah Waters' most acclaimed novel. Orphan Sue Trinder, raised in a den of petty thieves or 'fingersmiths,' agrees to help a young con man defraud a wealthy heiress. But Sue's plans didn't include falling in love with the heiress.

DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; stereo.

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Lesbian Romance

"Fingersmith" tells the story of orphaned Susan, who helps her foster mother with various criminal pursuits in the eternal struggle to survive in Victorian London. When a man Susan and her foster mother call "Gentleman" (because they assume he's from an upper-class family) posits a plan to trick a wealthy woman into giving her money to Susan's den of thieves, the young woman agrees.
The story takes some very unexpected twists but also has some very sad and scary parts. The scenes in the insane asylum are particularly disturbing, all the more so because they are based on the author's research and so are an accurate depiction.
"Fingersmith" is a lesbian romance, so it does have some "R" rated scenes. It also has some very disturbing depictions of a child being forced to read aloud pornographic materials.
If you like the story, read the book of the same name on which it is based. Also check out author Sarah Waters' other novels.

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