Netflix: Bridgerton Meets Fleabag in Dakota Johnson’s New Movie

Dakota Johnson in the world of Jane Austen! With “Persuasion” the actress lends her features to Anne Elliot, heroine of this adaptation who wants to be modern and very much inspired by “Fleabag”.


The attractive man Anne Elliot had to reject eight years ago is coming back into her life. Will she seize this second chance to experience true love?

Belief, written by Jane Austen and Ron Bass, directed by Carrie Cracknell.


The English Regency era has never been more popular on screen. Needless to say, The Bridgerton Chronicle’s phenomenal success has something to do with it. And it’s not for nothing that the filming locations are popular with tourists and some are even willing to spend a lot of money to live, the time of a stay, in the sets of the series.

Adapted from Jane Austen’s posthumous book, Persuasion surfs along on the wave of costume romances with a few minor adjustments. As Bridgerton – who managed to dust off the genre with more brutal characters and an irreverent tone – the film plays it modern. It offers a reinterpretation of the classic to tempt the greatest number, even if it worries the purists.

The era remains the same, but the feature film takes more inspiration from the British series Fleabag. Designer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is not involved in the project, but every effort is made to match her style as closely as possible. Dakota Johnson is constantly breaking the fourth wall to address the viewers directly.


Nikki Amuka-Bird and Dakota Johnson in “Belief”.

The actress, revealed in Fifty Shades of grey, is natural and spontaneous and looks more like a 21st century heroine than a young woman of the time. Fans of Jane Austin will have understood: the film is not quite true to the sensitivity and the words of the man of letters. On the contrary, Persuasion plays with his anachronisms and takes his side steps. Take it or leave it.

Besides Dakota Johnson we also find Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, Last Christmas), Richard E. Grant (Loki, Star Wars – Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker) and a revelation, Cosmo Jarvis, the charm of this romance that has nothing to do with a historical drama like the others.

Persuasion is available on Netflix.

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