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"A forbidden love. An unthinkable attraction. The ultimate price."
  • R
  • 1997
  • 2 hr 17 min
  • 6.8  (65,669)
  • 46

Lolita is a 1997 drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and based on the 1955 novel of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov. The movie stars Jeremy Irons as Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged professor who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl named Dolores Haze, played by Dominique Swain. The story begins with Humbert arriving in a small New England town to take a job as a teacher. He rents a room from Charlotte Haze, played by Melanie Griffith, and soon becomes infatuated with her daughter, Dolores, who is just 14 years old. Humbert begins to court Charlotte in order to be close to Dolores, but when Charlotte discovers his true intentions, she becomes jealous and threatens to send Dolores away to boarding school.

Humbert convinces Charlotte to let him take Dolores on a road trip, during which he seduces the young girl and they begin a secret relationship. As they travel from place to place, Humbert struggles to keep their relationship hidden from those around them, including Charlotte. Eventually, Charlotte discovers the truth and threatens to expose Humbert to the authorities.

In order to protect himself and Dolores, Humbert marries Charlotte, but the marriage ends in tragedy when she is killed in a car accident. Humbert takes Dolores, now known as "Lolita," on the run with him, as they move from town to town and assume false identities to avoid being caught. Their relationship becomes increasingly strained as Humbert becomes more possessive and jealous, and Dolores grows increasingly distant and grows up.

The movie explores themes of love, obsession, and power, as Humbert struggles to come to terms with his attraction to a young girl and the destructive consequences of his actions. Dominique Swain delivers a powerful performance as Lolita, capturing her character's vulnerability and the complex emotions she experiences as she navigates her relationship with Humbert. Jeremy Irons is also excellent in his portrayal of Humbert, as he conveys the character's inner turmoil and gives depth to a character who is often viewed as a villain.

Overall, Lolita is a compelling and thought-provoking film that explores taboo subject matter with sensitivity and nuance. While it may not be for everyone, those who are willing to delve into the complexities of the story will be rewarded with a powerful and unforgettable cinematic experience.

Lolita is a 1997 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 17 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 46.

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    6.8  (65,669)
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