It’s the early 1900s. Bored and desperate for status, Karen Dinesen (Meryl Streep) marries the Baron Bror von Brixen. It is a marriage of convenience; she receives the title of Baroness, and he receives access to her wealth. Karen uproots her life and moves to Africa to live at Bror’s plantation. He plans to use her money to grow coffee.
The trouble begins when Karen first arrives in Africa. She makes her way to the Muthaiga Country Club, hoping to find her husband there. When she unwittingly walks into the men’s bar, she is forcibly removed, unable even to leave a message for her husband.
The film documents a huge portion of the Baroness von Blixen’s life in Africa, including her frightening experience with syphilis, contracted from her philandering husband. She eventually embarks upon an affair of her own with the dashing, free-spirited Denys (Robert Redford). Directed by Sydney Pollack, based on the book by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen’s pen name).