The Crimson Petal and the White Season 1 OnlineThis is a story about London of the Victorian era, in which a twenty-year-old prostitute Sweetie is striving to change her life for the better, to break out of poverty and stop using her body as a commodity. Her main desire is to live an ordinary life. So gradually, life brings Sweet to the heir of the perfume industry, William Rackham and his family, Brother Henry, as well as other pious inhabitants of London and the inhabitants of the very "bottom". So William actually secretly dreams of becoming an outstanding writer, although he cannot be called talented. William's wife Agnes is a woman of a fine mental organization, who, due to illness, does not recognize their daughter Sophie with William. And Sophie, in turn, grows up devoid of maternal love and affection. How will the life of each of the characters change after meeting each other? Is it for the better?
Sometimes a thorough reproduction of a book only spoils a film or series, dragging out a good plot development with unnecessary details. But in the case of Crimson Petal and White, the situation is different. Despite the fact that the series retains the storyline of the book, the characters, and the dialogues, it looks a breeze. By the way, like a book that can be read in one go. The action takes the viewer to the streets of dirty London in the 1880s. It is in the slums that the girl-prostitute lives, whom everyone calls Candy. It seems to her that she will not live her life like that.She is very beautiful, educated, loves to read, besides, all men who communicate with her at least one day believe that this girl is a real miracle. One day Sweetie meets Rackham. A promising businessman does not possess the proper intelligence and some good qualities, but only with his help a prostitute could quit her profession and find her place in life. Candy is not satisfied with the bad qualities of her chosen one, so she very competently begins to educate a real person from Rackham with ambition and self-esteem. With her help, a small businessman becomes the head of the concern and acquires a high position. Together with him, Sweetie herself turns from a prostitute into a decent woman. So her task of ending her past life was finally solved. The candy becomes a respectable woman, whom you can marry and be happy all your life, but unforeseen circumstances are sometimes stronger. There is no place for a fairy tale in life, reality is very multifaceted, so accidents can spoil in two days what has been accumulated by a person over many years. The film is so beautiful that I don't even want to call it a TV series. Everyone can watch it: both lovers of melodrama and connoisseurs of real cinema. Very high quality cinematography and directorial work. Romola Garay, the leading actress of the film, looks especially organic. For the role of Rackham, Chris O'Dowd was invited to the film - the comedian makes the viewer not only laugh, but also enjoy the actor's real dramatic play. From Rackham, he made such a disgusting character that it's even strange how this actor previously starred in comedy series. The supporting roles are no less original. Particularly noteworthy is Gillian Anderson, who played the role of a half-mad old woman. In short, the series is not just necessary, but necessary for everyone to watch. You will not regret.
The main positive feature of the series is its realism. This is a story about real London, a city of dirt and glitter, where there is practically no chance of staying alive if you are on the street. This is a story about Sweetie, a beautiful, intelligent and competent prostitute, and about William Rackham, a weak and frail man. Unfortunately, this is not a Cinderella-style fairy tale. Local characters are so far from the fairytale heroes. The audience believes that these characters are alive, they believe in what they say, what they do. This is achieved thanks to the characters spelled out to the smallest detail. Each has its own positive and negative sides, so it is impossible to see relative heroes in "Crimson Petal and White". The plot itself is very pleasing: a lot of unexpected twists that do not look absurd, as in many TV series. I also like the approach to shooting - everything is done stylishly and without unnecessary details. The actors are also trying, and it shows. I recommend this series to all fans of British cinema and the genre in general. The work will be interesting to anyone.