A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal lives. She is a vibrant beauty and celebrity of her time. But she is trapped in an unhappy triangle with her husband and his live-in mistress. She falls passionately in love with an ambitious young politician, and the affair causes a bitter conflict with her husband and threatens to erupt into a scandal.
The locations, specially Bath are the most cinematic aspect of this opportunistic tale. The Duchess, it seems, was a distant relative of Lady Diana Spencer\'s and there is a certain symmetry in their stories but Keira Knightly projects only an \"actressy\" air. She was superb in \"Pride and Prejudice\" but here she just simply poses and stares. Ralph Finnes\'s awful Duke is much more believable. The extra marital doomed love story between the Duchess and Dominic Cooper left me completely cold and perhaps that\'s were the problem resides. Their relationship, their \"love\" should have consumed us for the sketchy tale to work, but it didn\'t. Still, the locations, I repeat, are breathtaking and \"The Duchess\" can be seen if you don\'t expect to be other than an spectator.