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Waterland [DVD]

Jeremy Irons , Sinéad Cusack , Stephen Gyllenhaal    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, Sinéad Cusack, Lena Headey, David Morrissey, John Heard
  • Directors: Stephen Gyllenhaal
  • Writers: Graham Swift, Peter Prince
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 31 July 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ENUWGA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,241 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In America in the 1970s, history teacher Tom Crick (Jeremy Irons) abandons his planned lessons and recounts his personal history to his students. He tells them of his childhood in the Fens of East Anglia, of his sexual awakening and of the family secrets concerning his mentally handicapped brother. With Sinead Cusack (Irons' real-life wife) and Ethan Hawke.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favourite Films of All Time... 1 Nov 2009
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...and one of the few films that is better than the book. Normally, I hate it when producers switch the action from wherever to The U.S., but here it actually works to the story's advantage, making the distance and the disconnect between the lives of Tom the teacher, growing up on the Norfolk broads, and the working-class Pittsburgh students all the more pronounced.

There are some dazzlingly inventive scenes from director Steven Gyllenhaal (the charabanc trip, for instance) in this dark, twisted tale of love, loss and identity.

Oh. And one of the best shag scenes ever on film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Loved the book. It fell me in love with the fens. It is a long book, four fifths of it deals with the back-history leading to present day events. The film focusses on the present day stuff with only a crude disneyesque nod to the historical back story. None of the romance, atmosphere, mystery of the book. I will pass it on to Oxfam.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read The Book Instead 24 Nov 2012
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If you've read the book don't bother with the film. If you haven't read the book, what are you waiting for?

This is a film that may have its moments but the beauty of the novel constantly eludes it.

Relocating the 'modern day' storyline to America adds nothing and the conceit of having the hero 'time travel' his class to key periods in his life and the lives of his ancestors is ludicrous.

Please read the book, it's 5 star material. This film is 2 star at best...and I think most of that is for Lena Headey.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fens 14 Jun 2009
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I found the film very powerful. It took a little while to recognise the story from the novel, which I read quite a few years ago. Graham Swift is one of my favourite authors.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story well told, a novel well adapted... 23 Feb 2001
By Jens Haetty - Published on Amazon.com
It is one of those rare moments in life, when you go to a movie theatre, and just purchase a ticket for the next-best movie, not knowing (or caring) what it is about. In one particular case, this was "Waterland", and the money felt well-spent. The original novel the film is based on is set in England. Incomprehensible as it may seem to some to change the setting to a place in the USA for those parts that describe the adult life of that frustrated and unhappy history teacher, it gives the story added depth. The angle from which the movie develops the plot (a teacher, exiled in the US if you will, is challenged from all sides to defend the value of history) is compelling since it unravels most beautifully and emotionally the teacher's own involvement with it. I do not want to give away what the story twists are, go into the film as I did. But the way the movie uses two different time lines to tell the whole story, and interweaves them artfully, is brillant. Jeremy Irons (I actually did not know him at the time, believe it or not) is most fitting as the main character. Ethan Hawke, well I guess they had to pick somebode to play a rebellious pupil, is not bad, but his performance does not contol the movie. Sinead Cusack, on the other hand, plays so convincingly the part of the teacher's wife, still hunted by the common past, that this role is sort of stuck to her in my view.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful underrated film 21 Dec 2000
By "prettyclouds26" - Published on Amazon.com
i wonder why this movie hasn't had the appreciation i think it deserves. it is beautifully shot and has a devastating story of guilt, love, redemption and a couple other underlying themes that i'm sure i forgot. oh my god, and i'm telling you the ending will send your eyes to niagra falls. totally satisfies my depressed movie jones. love this!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Perfection From Jeremy Irons 5 Dec 2005
By Natasha Conn - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this movie on IFC late last night and remembered the lasting effects it had on me when it first came out. Irons plays a Pittsburgh history teacher who escapes his crumbling marriage by weaving tales of his family history into his school lessons, he and the students literally walking into WWI veteran hospitals and his childhood home of the English Fens. Irons brings a fragile power to the professor knowing his day his done, his final speech to the school, accompanied by the somber score, incredibly moving. His real life wife Sinead Cusack plays his spouse, ravaged by some dark secret. Though she overdoes the wailing a bit, only Dick Cheney could be unmoved by the closing scenes. See it if only for Irons' gulping smoke rings scene in the bar with Ethan Hawke - the great tortured actor of our era, in one of his best.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than I remembered. 24 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I saw the film before I read the book, which I loved, along with every other book by Graham Swift. My initial impression of the film, seen in the cinema, was good enough to want to read the book but I wasn't overwhelmed by either the narrative or the cinematic style. However, I recently bought the DVD version (released in Hong Kong) and this time was bowled over by how good Jeremy Irons was (by far his best performance), how faithful the film was to the spirit of the book and just how well the director's style had represented it. I was also far more overwhelmed than I was originally by the painful but, I thought, positive and optimistic ending, which had me in tears. That could be because I'd experienced similar pains and accommodations since first seeing the film, but I also think that like so many fine things "Waterland" has improved with age. If you enjoyed "Waterland" then get hold of Swift's "Ever After" and "Closing Time" (which I understand is about to be filmed). You won't be disappointed.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intensely emotional story of a couple facing their past. 5 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
My father and I saw this moview together many years ago and we came out stunned. While my father found it depressing, I insist it is not. The story is wrenching but worthwile for the expansive sense of unity and catharthis at the end. The story deals with the tragic consequences of alcoholism, incest, lack of sex-ed, pre-marital sex and illegal/unsafe abortions. Heavy, but an incredible movie.
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