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Enduring Love [DVD] [2004]

Daniel Craig , Samantha Morton , Helen McCrory    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton, Rhys Ifans, Alexandra Aitken, Susan Lynch
  • Directors: Helen McCrory
  • Producers: Jeremy Sams, Kevin Loader
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 11 April 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007KVCP0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,334 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A red hot-air balloon floating gracefully over the green English countryside leads to a shocking death in Enduring Love, an eerie and hypnotic movie based on a novel by Ian McEwan. Two men tried and failed to help, and afterwards Joe (Daniel Craig, Sylvia, The Mother) finds himself being stalked by the hungry-eyed Jed (Rhys Ifans, Vanity Fair, Human Nature). Like a gangly wraith, Jed follows Joe and begs him to recognize the passionate love Jed feels certain was sparked by the balloon accident. Jed's obsession crawls into Joe's head and his life, clawing at his happy relationship with his girlfriend Claire (Samantha Morton, Morvern Callar, Minority Report) and derailing Joe into an obsessive spiral of his own. Enduring Love builds the taut delirium of a Hitchcock movie. Ifans, best known for his comic performances, curls his tall frame into a seemingly helpless but creepily aggressive shuffle; the haunted eyes of Craig and Morton make the crumbling of their relationship as suspenseful as Jed's stalking. Director Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Persuasion) uses fresh, jarring images and sinuous visual rhythms to craft a tight thriller with unsettling emotional layers. --Bret Fetzer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Striking but not as enduring as the original. 11 April 2009
Enduring Love [DVD] [2004]

On a positive note, the film's cinematography is both stunning, captivating, and alone makes the film worth watching. As do both Daniel Craig and Rhys Ifans' performances as Joe and Jed respectively. However, the change of Clarissa's profession from Keats' scholar to sculptor striks a discordant note early on which never, for those who have read McEwan's masterpiece, never stops vibrating and allows you to be carried away by the cinematopraphy and above performances.

The main problem with the film is that the omission of Joe's first person narration, and Jed's letters (amongst numerous other missing pieces of the original puzzle)leaves it almost devoiod of the central frission between the three grand meta-narratives of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: science, art and religion. Without the discordancy between the three, and Joe's overriding scientific perspcective in filtering what happens, the film loses the sense of obsession, and how interpretation and perspective are ultimately subjective. All of which help to make reading the novel such a rewarding experience.

Nevertheless, if you have not read the novel or/ and have no intention of reading it, I would thoroughly recommend you watch the film as its beauty alone will make it worth the time taken to do so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars God only knows what I'd be without you. 14 Mar 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Joe and Claire are about to share a romantic picnic when a stricken hot air balloon drifts into the field. With a young boy on board and petrified, and the pilot desperately trying to anchor the balloon, Joe and three other men rush to help. But it will end in disaster and bring into Joe's life, Jed Parry. It's the start of something that threatens to spiral out of control.

Enduring Love is an adaptation {screenwriter Joe Penhall} of Ian McEwan's novel. It's directed by Roger Michell and stars Daniel Craig {Joe}, Rhys Ifans {Jed} and Samantha Morton {Claire}. I think the first thing that should be noted is that the film differs greatly from McEwan's excellent page turner. Tho the essence of the source, such as obsessions, loneliness and to endure love, exist in the film, it does have a number of significant changes. If they be for better or worse,? well that's for others to decide should they enter both mediums.

Enduring Love is a fascinating, if at times uneasy, viewing. One that is actually hard to sell to potential first time viewers. It struggled to find an audience at the box office on account of its complex themes and unwillingness to pander to the norm. And! it's cold, very cold {something that is brilliantly enhanced by Haris Zambarloukos' photography}. So ultimately it's a film that has no specific target audience, this in spite of some lazy observationists trying to lump it in with the formulaic stalker genre. Personally it took me three viewings and a deep delve into the DVD goodies to finally understand and get the movie. So with that I'd urge those who watched once and hated it to maybe try again. For film's of this type don't come around that often, and when they do it feels like a breath of fresh air. Even if that breath is tainted with a chill brought about by the human condition and all its intricate possibilities. 8/10
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This isn't 'Enduring Love' 1 Aug 2006
First of all this is a an OK thriller. But this isn't Enduring Love. All of the science and reasons for Parry's obsession are extracted, an extra character is added for absolutely no reason, the end of the book is changed to a happy crowd-pleasing affair so you're eventually left with an alright thriller with vaguely homophobic overtones. It's a shame really, as Craig makes for a magnificent Joe Rose, Rhys Ifans is wonderfulyl creepy as Jed Parry, and the direction is good. Like a said, an OK thriller, but not Enduring Love.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inconsequential luvvie fest 15 Nov 2007
By Cake
Central performances verge on the cringe-making, the narrative is fairly slight but still manages to be ineptly handled, and there's more! The occasional glimmer of an imaginative bit of editing can't hope to disguise what were a succession of earnest but unconvincing dialogues. There is a constant sense that here is a low, low, low budget London-backed film that is serving as nothing more than a vehicle to occupy the time of a stretch limo load of light to middlewight drama luvvies lacking in any other gainful employment. Shameful to think that once Brit movies had at least some subtlety and style if not much cash. This is outclassed by those made for TV American 'relationship issue' movies which are without any of the pretension but are more relevant and involving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We can't let go of our illusions. 9 Jan 2006
Condensing 200 odd pages of deep philosophical McKewen themes into a 90 minute film is no easy task, and judging from many of the reviews both online and offline that tend to see this as just as another mediocre thriller about pyschological obsession, one might think that Roger Michell has failed miserably in his task.
Bar the ending, the film adaptation certainly follows the Ian McKewan book quite faithfully, with the minor changes that have been made, such as Joe becoming a published academic who teaches his students that love is simply a darwinian trick to get us to copulate, designed seemingly to stress the key issues of the original novel - can man live guided only by a scientific understanding of himself and the world, and would such a life in fact be worth living?
These conundrums are expressed in the film sometimes a little too obviously to the point of crudeness (the camera zooms in and out of focus from a dazed Jed to a bunch of ripe apples). But the consequences of eating from forbidden fruit of knowledge, the letting go of innocent and empty illusions and the resulting madness and chaos, are brought to life on the whole superbly, especially in the opening of the film, pure McKewen of course, but in Michell's cinematic evocation of it, simply unforgettable. As Joe lets go of the doctor, the boy and the balloon, just as he has let go of the safe and contented predictablity of everyday faith in the world, its love and its meanings, he discovers that only unpredictable tragedy ensues.
And yet this film, a little like the novel, never quite becomes the classic that you feel it could and should have been. Despite this, it remains a well crafted, admirably acted and, so long as you don't try to understand the apparently confusing plot as a simple thriller, a film with lots of rewarding meaning to extract.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting... great film!
Wow, not what I was expecting. Another excellent performance by Ifans. This film is disturbing and compelling, I enjoyed the acting and the story and was completely and happily... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Razor
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Published 5 days ago by Mr J A L Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Enduring Love with Daniel Craig and Rhys Ifans
This is a case of a film which is superior to the novel it's based on (by Ian McEwan). A tragic accident to which they are both witnesses beings Rhys Ifan into the life of teacher... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helena Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A really good film, very compelling story and rememberable characters. A really strong cast that carries a heavy plot well, if you want to see Daniel Craig do something different... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Hayland
4.0 out of 5 stars A good underated film
I saw the end of this film on tv and thought it looked worth watching, so I ordered it from on here, it arrived quickly and is enjoyable, if a little depressing at times, but a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Jed not Jez...
On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
1.0 out of 5 stars A Travesty OfvThe Novel
I loved the novel and bought the DVD as I had never seen the film. It is terrible and I can understand why it flopped. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steven Townsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant DVD
This DVD is brilliant, I was to learn this book for my English Literature As Level and the film really helped; the depiction of Jed is extremely haunting however THE FILM ENDS... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Clarry
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange
A very strange, moving and un-nerving film. It's quite scary to think how easy it is for obsession to strike. Not easy viewing, but compelling.
Published 11 months ago by Dee-Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars Very strange, and not an entirely accurate depiction of the book, a...
Yes, this film is worth seeing if you are studying the book for an exam, but I wouldn't recommend seeing it for any other reason. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Adorablekittens
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