Though it wasn't as entertaining as Australia, it certainly spoke much louder to me. Throughout the film I found myself empathising with Georgiana. While Kiera Knightley put in a fairly good performance, Ralph Fiennes amazingly managed to pull off the Duke's role in such an unfeeling, stonewalled manner. One could not tell what was behind that face. No trace of emotions that betrayed what he thought and his motives. I spent the whole movie trying to guess why he did the things he did and I still don't know. The concept of happiness not being an entitlement, and being subjected to circumstances, all hit too close to home.
This movie was definitely depressing. And as qi cham as Little Nonya (which incidentally I do not watch). Initially wanting to avoid watching that tonight at JW's place, the Duchess definitely also featured its fair share of oppressed suffering women.
Quote from the movie:
"I love you in the way I understand love." - The Duke
And something I heard on Class 95 last night:
"It doesn't mean that when someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, that they are not already loving you with all that they have."