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The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.

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Terence Davies

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (play), Terence Davies (adaptation)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Mitchell ... Mrs Elton
Jolyon Coy ... Philip Welch
Karl Johnson ... Mr Miller
Rachel Weisz ... Hester Collyer
Simon Russell Beale ... Sir William Collyer
Tom Hiddleston ... Freddie Page
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Jackie Jackson
Sarah Kants Sarah Kants ... Liz Jackson
Oliver Ford Davies ... Hester's Father
Barbara Jefford ... Collyer's Mother
Mark Tandy ... Edie and Ravenscroft Assistant
Stuart McLoughlin ... Singing Man in Tube
Nicholas Amer ... Mr. Elton
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Storyline

The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Profundo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,841, 25 March 2012

Gross USA:

$1,126,525

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,143,316
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Jefford's first theatrical film in twelve years since The Ninth Gate (1999). See more »

Quotes

Freddie Page: There is nothing wrong with my mind. FUBAR.
Hester Collyer: What do you mean by that?
Freddie Page: You're the clever one, you work it out.
Hester Collyer: What the hell did you mean by that?
Freddie Page: FUBAR, acronym, fucked up beyond all recognition.
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Connections

Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Deep Blue Sea (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

You Belong to Me
Written by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, Redd Stewart
Published by Ridgeway Music (BMI)
All Rights Administered by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by Jo Stafford
Licensed courtesy of Jasmine Records
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Wonderful for the right audience
27 March 2012 | by howardeismanSee all my reviews

i saw this with twenty something people. This was not a movie for them, but it is a most superior film for older people who have seen people live torturous lives. Why people do things that hurt themselves is a intriguing question which fascinates psychologists and artists alike. No one has come up with a satisfactory answer, not even a plausible one, and Freud leads the list of the clueless. Thus, Hester (played by a wonderful Rachel Weisz) can fascinate those of us who care about the inner working and emotional vicissitudes of a self destructive woman and who will learn about the human condition by considering her behavior. Simon Beale and Tom Hiddleston, the men in her life, are equally impressive performers playing equally limited (Beale) and troubled (Hiddleston) persons.

First, I think most people don't know where the title comes from. A song popular during the second world war (a recent event in this film), has the line "we're caught between perdition and the deep blue sea." This is an apt description of the three protagonists.

This film might be quite tedious for those in a hurry to move on with their lives. The three main characters are stuck and seem to have no capacity for getting unstuck. This is tough to contemplate if you can't wait for your tomorrow's great triumph, or if you see romance as a smooth road to your personal paradise.

The rest of us are mesmerized as these troubled lives unfold on screen. Yes, the mood and physical atmosphere are almost relentlessly dark (it needn't have been); The film is completely without humor, and it is much too slow moving. These are minor difficulties. The script and performances are magnificent.


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