One of Merchant Ivory’s undisputed masterpieces, this adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic novel won multiple prizes including three Academy Awards, with Emma Thompson picking up Best Actress.
A saga of class relations and changing times in an Edwardian England on the brink of modernity, the film centres on liberal Margaret Schlegel (Thompson), who, along with her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter), becomes involved with two couples: wealthy, conservative industrialist Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Ruth (Vanessa Redgrave), and the downwardly mobile working-class Leonard Bast (Samuel West) and his mistress Jackie (Nicola Duffett). The interwoven fates and misfortunes of these three families and the diverging trajectories of the two sisters’ lives are connected to the ownership of Howards End, the dying Ruth’s beloved country home.
A compelling brilliantly acted study of one woman’s struggle to maintain her ideals and integrity in the face of Edwardian society’s moribund conformist values.
"A film of extraordinary beauty as well as an extraordinary sensitivity in its representation of human predicaments & passions. (Also, I hated the novel.)" - Whit Stillman
Winner of three 1993 Academy Awards including Best Actress - Emma Thompson, Best Adapted Screenplay - Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Best Production Design - Ian Whittaker, Luciana Arrighi
Winner of two 1993 BAFTA Film Awards including Best Film - James Ivory, Ismail Merchant and Best Actress - Emma Thompson