Cartier Love Bracelet 2016 A pair of outsiders
For awkwardly stitching together a contemporary story of a woman’s search for meaning with a portrayal of the scandalous, true life 1930s romance between American Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII.
At New York’s Waldorf Hotel, Madonna, wearing a dark Vionnet dress echoing the famed couture style of Wallis and a Cartier bracelet of such weight it would hamper a less athletic 53 year old, says the movie evolved from her desire to understand British history after she married Guy Richie in 2000 and moved to Britain. The marriage ended in 2008.
A positive for Madonna’s army of fans is the film is unquestionably better than her directorial debut in 2008, the low budget Filth and Wisdom, a decidedly unfunny, sloppy comedy drama. is, at times, quite cinematically beautiful, even if the storytelling is strained and littered with cliches and clangers.
“I felt a little bit like an outsider,” she says of her move across the pond from New York. I never set out to make the quintessential bio pic of the Duke and the Duchess of Windsor.” Rather, she set about exploding the “myth” of the perfect love by examining what happens “when someone gives up being king for you and you have to make him feel like a king for the rest of his life”.
Andrea Riseborough, Madonna and Abbie Cornish at the film’s presentation at the 2011 Venice Biennale. is the major exploratory vehicle. Set in 1998, Cornish’s character, New Yorker Wally Winthrop, has been enduring an abusive marriage and becomes obsessed with Wallis (Andrea Riseborough) and Edward (James D’Arcy), delving into their tale and somehow linking through six decades with the very spirit of the king’s mistress to unveil the flaws in their royal union.
“We all come to that painful discovery at one time or another in our lives,” Madonna says. “If we’re adults and we do enough self examination, we realise that happiness lies in our own hands.”