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Based on Graham Greene's most autobiographical novel, The End of the Affair offers an autopsy of the adulterous love affair between glacial Sarah Miles (Oscar-nominated Julianne Moore) and intense writer Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes). Out on the sidelines, Ian Hart proves convincingly twitchy as a working-class private eye, while Jordan regular Stephen Rea (as the cuckolded husband) mooches about with a face like November. In the mean-time, the movie circles deliberately around its central bone of contention: the bomb blast that spared Maurice's life but brought his relationship with Sarah to its sudden, inexplicable end.
Unfortunately, The End of the Affair winds up something of a mixed bag. If anything, Jordan is almost too respectful of Greene's source material: toiling lovingly on the intricacies of his story (its shabby London settings, its clash of profane love with redemptive Catholicism) while leaving the drama idling. The result is a film you'll probably admire rather than love. Its chill ambience dampens down the passion. --Xan Brooks
Interesting film. Starts in the middle strangely, and very much written by a writer (all the elements of a gripping story/romance are in here).Published 3 months ago by KTB
The End Of The Affair is very affecting tragedy in which the style and substance cohere as well as in Madame de ... or Jules et Jim. Read morePublished 3 months ago by schumann_bg
The End of the Affair is an all-time favourite novel of mine, and this screen representation is a bitter disappointment. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CuriousAboutLife
Superb film of a touching and arousing story. The three main characters played by Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore and Stephen Rea, are perfectly cast. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jo Anderson