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  • Actors: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale
  • Directors: Terence Davis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006E1WORG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,976 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hester Collyer (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) leads a privileged life in 1950s London as the beautiful wife of high court judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale). To the shock of those around her, she walks out on her marriage to move in with young ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), with whom she has fallen passionately in love. Set in post-war Britain this adaptation of Terence Rattigan s classic play, The Deep Blue Sea is a study of forbidden love, suppressed desire, and the fear of loneliness but is at heart a deeply moving love story. Stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea, what - or whom - should Hester choose? From acclaimed director Terence Davis

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The stately, almost staccato pace of some of Terence Davies' films can make them difficult to watch; the technique occasionally feels like a none-too-subtle attempt to imbue scenes with an importance they might not otherwise possess. Fortunately, in The Deep Blue Sea, it works extremely well, helping to punctuate the shift between the past and the present, stave off sentimentality and reflect the main character's state of mind. Set soon after the Second World War, this adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play examines twenty-four hours in the life of Hester as she recovers from a failed suicide attempt and looks back on an ill-fated love affair with an RAF pilot. Rachel Weisz is mesmerising in the lead role - using an unusual accent and dreamy vocal delivery to suggest Hester's leap into unconventionality - but Simon Russell Beale and Tom Hiddleston (a rising star, if ever there was one) are equally affecting. A moving, melancholy and quite beautiful piece of work.
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In a time in which British theatre was crushed and stifled by censorship, Terence Rattigan wrote this play, which shot straight to the heart about love, passion and society. Whilst fellow Terrence- the director Terrence Davies- brings out many of the plays undertones that I feel are lost in the 1955 film version and the 1994 BBC one, he also loses some threads and too heavily insists on the comparisons with Brief Encounter (even though the source play doesn't bear much resemblance).

Davies clearly has a festishistic love for post-war 1950s Britain; the drab and the gloom is lovingly shot. The dinginess means that Davies can pull Brief-Encounter moments, where the adulterous couple Hester (Rachel Weisz) and Freddie (Tom Hiddleston) illicitly steal kisses on the street. I enjoyed the pub songs; in particular a scene that cuts from a pub singing along to a romantic song from that era to Freddie and Hester dancing to a lush record of it. The daze and excitement of the affair is captured nicely.

The sense of a society still recovering from the war and still living off ration books is integral to the play so in that respect Davies is well-suited. However it's the story that gets a bit lost; as does the viewer. In order to escape its stage origins (the play takes place over the course of a night with the action set solely in the living room), Davies uses lots of flashbacks. So whilst in the play, we only find out that Freddie is not Hester's husband, as she has been pretending, but her lover, in the film it's clear from the start. They later include a dramatisation of a scene mentioned in the play, in which their landlady discovers the deception, but it seemed a bit pointless.
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This is a beautiful, moving film. Terence Davies is one of the few really great directors this country seems to possess and it's crazy how hard he has struggled for financing for his work. When he made this film in 2011 he'd been 'unemployed' as he put it in an interview for about a decade if you discount his documentary about his native Liverpool.

As with most of his films, the story isn't told via a linear narrative but instead unfolds via a thread of interconnected memories and is told entirely from the point of view of Hester, the main female character. She is a woman of around 40, married to an older man of wealth, status and culture, who suddenly discovers what it is to fall passionately in love. She leaves her husband only to find that her new relationship has its own limitations.

Her new partner, a former Battle of Britain pilot, is a man of action who is a fish out of water in the art galleries that Hester enjoys visiting. He is struggling to find a place in post-war society and so after being used to a life of luxury she finds herself living in a shabby boarding house. Whereas her older husband accommodated and indulged her, her new younger partner expects to be the one accommodated and indulged. In effect, there is a role reversal which eventually pushes Hester to grow up.

The actors all give wonderful performances. Rachel Weisz won or was nominated for numerous awards for hers and Tom Hiddleston is very good as her ex-pilot lover. The stand out though is Simon Russell Beale as Hester's husband. He is gentle, pompous, vulnerable, conventional, loyal... as real a person as I've seen on film. His attempts to win Hester back - sensitive and at the same time clumsy - are heartbreaking.
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‘Distant Voices’ & ‘The Long Day Closes,’ were such beautifully shot and poignant films, this one is no exception. Davies sticks to the wonderful colour palettes of the aforementioned films, which are the trademark of his films. It makes them so distinctive and visually special. The wardrobe and décor are immensely impressive from that period - you can almost smell the wallpaper and feel the need to put he fire on.
Whilst his previous classics concern the working classes, here we have a more up market clientele to view.
It doesn’t stop Davies from revisiting his working class roots - in the pubs that are full of song, woodbines and pints of mild. Then it’s down to the underground communities, away from the doodle bugs. These are rather surprising reoccurring themes even though they are of course immensely atmospheric.
The acting here is outstanding. Weisz was nominated for a Golden Globe, but equally as good were: Simon Russell Beale (now doing so well in ‘The Father,’ in the West End) and Tom Hiddlestone as the suave RAF bounder. Even Anne Mitchell was brilliant as the archetypal ‘Blighty’ landlady.
This is a tale of emotional pain from all sides and most definitely an art form of writing and acting. I thought it a compelling and visually beautiful to watch.
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