Keira ("ATONEMENT") Knightley stars as a 18th-century aristocrat -- a vibrant beauty and celebrity of her time who 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 story is based on the duchess of Devonshire, an ancestor of Princess Di who was alternately celebrated and reviled for her extravagant political and personal lives. The film is based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the infamous Duchess.
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