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For a cauterised heart ...,
This review is from: The Remains Of The Day [DVD]  (DVD)
This is an exemplar of the Merchant-Ivory style and is infinitely superior to almost all other historically-contextualised films representing the apparent idiosyncracies of British-ness (emotional restraint and disconnectedness; deferral/loyalty to authority, particularly to aristoratic prestige, etc). That the internalised torment the central characters go through (brilliantly depicted by Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins) is no less nullified by the outward presentation of politeness and decorum is a testament to both the original text and the screenplay adaptation.
I watched this after being rejected by long-time adored one ... It is very possibly the most complete cinematic expression of the suffering induced by unrequited love since 'Casablanca'.