Is the movie Ethan Frome accurate? The 1993 film is the only movie of the novel by Edith Wharton. Liam Neeson is perfect as Frome. The film has two major flaws: 1. Ethan and Mattie do not have sex in the novel. 2. The narrator of the book is an engineer, not the preacher character in the movie. The movie version of Ethan Frome tells the basic story, but adds action and characters that are not in the book.