This is Madonna, yeah that Madonna, as director and writer and it really works. It’s a parallel story of Wallis Simpson, who married the Duke of Windsor, and he abdicated the throne and she became a fashion plate. People were not amused — she was to a certain extent the most reviled woman in England because he gave up the crown for her and she’d been divorced twice. It’s a parallel story of a woman who’s also named Wallis, who’s mother named her for the duchess, who dresses very much like her and channels her, who worked at Sotheby’s and is married to an abusive, creepy psychiatrist. She falls in love with — or at least in lust — with a Russian intellectual working as a guard at Sotheby’s, and the stories are paralleled back and forth. This is actually a pretty lush, romantic movie. The clothes are fabulous and the acting is very good. I could have done without the ending, but that’s okay. This is really the story told from Wallis’s point of view, as she basically felt she got trapped and was in an abusive marriage to begin with and then with a lovely man who just wasn’t the king of England. I’ll give it three and a half stars; it’s a fun movie. It’s more a flick chick than anything else, but it’s an interesting slice of history and very well acted, very well done. Three and a half stars.