Many of you may already be familiar with the story of Lizzie Borden through previous movies, televised ghost hunts of the Borden house or just having heard the tale been told throughout different outlets including the rhyme “Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks.
This is a strange, somewhat quirky film. It is a very unusual story with no real conclusions.
Charley (lying about his age) manages to get a job in stables run by the trainer, Del (Steve Buscemi). Charley grows fond of a horse called ‘Lean on Pete.’
A comedy of manners set in the 1790s, the artificiality of the speech and behavior is perfectly in keeping with the times of Jane Austen’s epistolary short novel, untitled but known as ‘Lady Susan.’ Depending to a large extent on the performances of a glorious cast of mainly British actors, the style and content are just right for fans of Jane Austen as well as newcomers to her work.