The Other Boleyn Girl
(Great Britain/USA, 2008, 115 minutes)
Two sisters from the English country aristocracy find themselves groomed to become mistresses to king Henry VIII. Not the expected historical romance, but actually a bodice-ripper doubling as a primer on political intrigue, with pitch-perfect casting and handling.
Universal Pictures International and Columbia Pictures present, in association with BBC Films and Relativity Media, a Ruby Films/Scott Rudin production. Starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson; and Eric Bana; Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance, Jim Sturgess, Eddie Redmayne; with David Morrissey. Directed by Justin Chadwick; produced by Alison Owen; screenplay by Peter Morgan, from the novel by Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl; music by Paul Cantelon; director of photography (DeLuxe), Kieran McGuigan; production designer, John-Paul Kelly; costume designer, Sandy Powell; film editors, Paul Knight, Carol Littleton.