Obviously can’t be an English rose, Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, The Danish Girl) might be a twinflower representing her country, Sweden. And despite this label is close to get but have not yet come, her new role as a tulip with beauty pandemic is already a strong hint.
Vikander plays Sophia, bringing heart fever to many men, particularly a mid-aged but wealthy Cornelis Sandvoortand and a charming youth but poor Jan Van Loos. Their love triangle is kind of Anna Karenina-esque plot which ends tragic but always interesting to be told, just to see if there’s any chance of such affair ends happily ever after. Seemingly Tulip Fever is no way different but with a potential to look more rigorous than previous similar works.
Vikander’s Sophia is a girl so much wanted even after she’s a wife to Sandvoortand. Proven, a young artist becomes fixated on her at the first glance, challenging Sophia’s fidelity, if not releasing her from a loveless marriage. Her interest for her husband slowly deteriorates, tempted by the forbidden love.
Vikander isn’t the first to play such Anna Karenina’esque character in the list; a pretty commoner seeking status upgrade or being forced into safe haven by neglecting her inner voice for love. To name a few, Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina (2012), Elizabeth Olsen in In Secret (2013), and Dakota Fanning in Effie Gray (2014). However, Vikander’s Sophia is seemingly a more sophisticated character as the trailer shows she’s deceptively headstrong. There’s a hint she bears a malice towards her husband for the sake of social status but also shows a tendency to pursue desire at any risk, including losing the lavish slumber she lives in now. Nevertheless, thanks to her beauty allowing her motive to be uneasily read.
Opposing nowadays trend in which women concern to look for mature by means the-older-the-wiser men, women from early modern era were more oblivious. The fact is most of them married the-older-the-richer men but desired for true love with no penny. The dilemma often portrayed on novellas, occurs when a beau young spirit comes over and disturbs their inner voices. Lust awakens as well as guts emerge. No wonder if news of elopement and couple death were so often heard.
Another period drama piece by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl), Tulip Fever is based on a best-selling novel of same name by Deborah Moggach. Serving as Vikander’s beauty worshipers are Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, The Legend of Tarzan) and Dane DeHaan (Life After Beth, Life), giving her another chance to bloom the fullest.
Release Schedule: February 2017