At first glance, you might think it’s impossible to find two movies more diametrically opposed than Carrington and Leaving Las Vegas. One’s tea and crumpets; the other’s booze and doughnuts. One centers on the artists and British bons vivants of Bloomsbury; the other swirls around the drunks, hookers, and lowlifes of the Strip. Upon closer inspection, however, it turns out that Carrington and Leaving Las Vegas are actually the same movie. Follow the plots—and marvel at the spooky similarities.
— Jeff Gordinier
Carrington Jonathan Pryce’s character, Lytton Strachey, is a writer who doesn’t seem to write much.
Leaving Las Vegas Nicolas Cage’s character, Ben Sanderson, is a writer who doesn’t seem to write much.
Carrington Emma Thompson’s character, the painter Dora Carrington, develops a crush on Lytton while he’s lying in bed, asleep.
Leaving Las Vegas Elisabeth Shue’s character, the prostitute Sera, develops a crush on Ben while he’s lying in bed, drunk out of his gourd.
Carrington Dora fools around with other guys. Lytton doesn’t care.
Leaving Las Vegas Sera gets paid to fool around with other guys. Ben doesn’t care.
Carrington Dora does most of the work around the house, while Lytton sits around dispensing pithy witticisms.
Leaving Las Vegas Sera does most of the work around the house, while Ben sits around dispensing drunken monologues.
Carrington Financial constraints and society’s puritanical conventions keep Lytton and Dora moving from place to place.
Leaving Las Vegas Cash problems and nosy landlords keep Ben and Sera moving from place to place.
Carrington The affair between Dora and Lytton is deep, doomed from the get go, and basically platonic.
Leaving Las Vegas The affair between Sera and Ben is deep, doomed from the get go, and basically platonic.
Carrington Lytton throws up during a tea party.
Leaving Las Vegas Ben throws up everywhere.
Carrington Powerful deathbed scene could mean an Oscar nomination for Pryce. The film was written and directed by an English guy, Christopher Hampton.
Leaving Las Vegas Powerful deathbed scene could mean an Oscar nomination for Cage. The film was written and directed by an English guy, Mike Figgis.