This movie could be in danger of making reading sexy. Of course, it helps that the two modern-day scholars researching a 19th-century English poet are Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. Paltrow is a highbrow British snob who helps American Eckhart piece together the secret love life of poet Jeremy Northam and his mistress, Jennifer Ehle. While working together, Paltrow and Eckhart (who has a knack for one-liners) grow closer.
This time-tripping flick is In the Company of Men director Neil LaBute's most engaging and sentimental film--you can tell by the scrumptious shots of the British countryside--so even if the movie's first half hour feels like a dull English lit class, don't bail out. In the end, Possession becomes a contemporary love affair that just might seize your soul.