9 months ago
Merchant-Ivory’s “Maurice,” serves almost as a requiem for the posthumous writing of the book by EM Forster. Whilst Forster is more well-known for his other books (and consequent film adaptations) such as “A room with a View,” Maurice is an understated narrative that manages to contradict the halcyon-idyll of romance and still provide an ending with partial resolve. Years before the First World War, two men begin their venture as undergraduates at Cambridge when their fellowship evolves into love. But in a British society where homosexuality is a punishable offense, they may never tell anyone of their relationship. The film in that way conveys the intimacy of the bond between the two lovers, yet is heartbreaking in the way that it also conveys their emotionally stagnant lives as a consequence of denying human nature. This film represents more than the condemnation of homosexuality but also of basic pleasure. It helps us understand humanity by capturing the dualities of idealistic romance and sensory pleasure and how they exist as two contrary notions within the human soul. And thus, for us to suppress either is to suppress a part of ourselves.
“England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.” - E.M. Forster