Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Small-Town Smug

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Small-Town Smug

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Byline: SHEILA JOHNSTON

The Human Stain London Film Festival

THE insatiable public fascination with Nicole Kidman was handsomely served at the film festival this weekend. The actress could be seen in a dog collar and chain as the slave and sex toy of an entire American town in Danish director Lars von Trier's Dogville; then, in Robert Benton's The Human Stain, as an illiterate caretaker with a sexually abusive stepfather, a violent husband, two dead children and a septuagenarian lover. Coming hard on the heels of her suicidal Virginia Woolf in The Hours, Kidman's recent gloomy choice of roles does make you start to worry about her.

Set during the Monica Lewinsky scandal of 1998 - "the summer of sanctimony" - The Human Stain is based on Philip Roth's novel about a distinguished university professor fired on trumped-up charges of political incorrectness. His wife dies, his colleagues shrug him off and he plunges himself into a Viagra-fuelled affair with another lost soul, a cleaner four decades his junior. …

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