The Deep Blue Sea

Release March 23, 2012 (Limited)
Cast Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Harry Hadden-Paton, Sarah Kants
Director Terence Davies
Writer Terence Davies, Terence Rattigan
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio Music Box Films/Mongrel Media
Length 98 mins.


Master chronicler of post-War England, Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering, obsessive love alienates the men around her and destroys her well being. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan's 1952 play.

In a deeply vulnerable performance Weisz is the latest incarnation of Hester Collyer, the wife of a High Court judge (Simon Russell Beale), a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page, a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot (Tom Hiddleston) throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. Nearly abandoned by Freddie, Hester attempts to win him back through a desperate gesture. This only serves to estrange her more from the men in her life and reality itself.

Through flashbacks, Terence Davies creates memorable cinematic compositions against the backdrop of post-war England. His signature style includes beautiful tracking shots as well as the use of popular music of the day including Samuel Barber’s majestic Opus for Violin and Orchestra. Besides his two acclaimed semi-autobiographical features Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes, Davies’ films include The House of Mirth, The Neon Bible, and Of Time and the City, his masterful nonfiction exploration of his native city, Liverpool.

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