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The End of the Affair 1999

4.5 out of 5 stars (56) IMDb 7.2/10

On a rainy London night in 1946 novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah who abruptly ended their affair two years before.

Starring:
Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Rea
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Neil Jordan
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Rea
Supporting actors Julianne Moore, Heather-Jay Jones, James Bolam, Ian Hart, Sam Bould, Cyril Shaps, Penny Morrell, Simon Fisher-Turner, Jason Isaacs, Deborah Findlay, Nicholas Hewetson, Jack McKenzie, Claire Ashton, Anthony Maddalena, Nic Main
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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By E. A. Redfearn VINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
Having watched this superb film again recently, I have to say that it is a film for our times. The original version made during the mid 1950s with Deborah Kerr and Van Johnson, was made for the audience of those times. It could not be sexually explicit or emotionally charged due to the censorship laws, so much of Graham Green's original narrative was lost. However, this has now been restored for modern audiences and what a wonderful version this is. Although, some of the storyline has been changed, it does maintain the key element of the story between two lovers, Sarah Miles (played by Julianne Moore who is wonderful by the way) and Maurice Bendix (played by Ralph Fiennes). Set during World War 2, they meet at a party and develop a sexual relationship despite the fact that Sarah is married to Henry, a civil servant (played by Stephen Rea). After five years together, Sarah suddenly ends the affair without reason and two years later, they meet again. Maurice, now jealous and bitter because of the affair ending, hires a private detective to follow Sarah in an effort to solve the mystery of why the affair ended in the first place. This leads to a tragic ending, but there is also hope too for the people involved, especially for Maurice as he may have to revaluate his life and beliefs. It is a genuinely emotional drama, the sort of drama which Hollywood rarely achieves nowadays. This is left to independent film makers such as Neil Jordan who does a superb job in directing this adult drama.

Enhanced by 5:1 Audio sound, and good picture detail. Also has numerous extras plus an Isolated Score for those who just want to enjoy the superb music score composed by Michael Nyman.
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I have to say this is a fantastic film exuding all the love, passion, restraint and desire needed from the book. It does all of this in such a credible and sensitive manner, we can feel the pain the characters are going through without feeling the 'cheese'. Ralph and Julianned are perfect for this role. I have to say I have watched this film at least a dozen times and I love it more and more. It is a classic!
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2016
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Neil Jordan’s 1999 screen adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel is a wonderfully understated, evocative war-time tale, pitching love against spiritual faith in a most engaging and, at times, almost unbearably moving way. First and foremost, Jordan’s cast is superlative, not just the central trio of Julianne Moore’s (in another brilliantly emotive turn) repressed wife, Sarah Miles, to Stephen Rea’s distant civil servant husband, Henry, and (for me, most impressive of all) Ralph Fiennes’ novelist and obsessive lover to Sarah, Maurice Bendrix, but also the perfectly judged supporting 'cameos’ delivered by the likes of Ian Hart, James Bolam, Jason Isaacs and Sam Bould. Spanning the years before, during and immediately following WW2, Jordan and cinematographer Roger Pratt capture the staid formality of the times, as well as strikingly contrasting what was a period of unsettling austerity for the nation with the passion being felt by the film’s central pair of illicit lovers. Then, to cap it all, Michael Nyman has produced another beautifully judged film score, full of intense, sweeping melodies, accentuating the film’s emotive qualities.

Repressed (spiritual) guilt, insularity and inability to communicate are at the heart of what was once Sarah and Maurice’s deeply passionate, erotically-charged affair (skilfully told in flashback by Jordan), a relationship latterly peppered with confused resentment. The sense of developing misunderstanding between the pair is brilliantly depicted by the film-makers, repeating sequences with the main protagonists’ points-of-view switched – this is particularly impressive during the film’s pivotal scene involving a direct 'bomb hit’.
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This is a real heart-rending film.. It is similar in vein to "The English Patient" (-same leading actor, too), but better (-and more succinct)!
Set in wartime London, it's the story of how one couple deals (-or doesn't) with the end of a love affair.. and the reason it ended (-great twist).
A wonderful, thought-provoking take on how two people can have very different views of other's feelings, of jealousy and of (of course, as Graham Greene was the author) Religion.
Watch and weep!!
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It's funny how you often know within the first few frames if you are going to enjoy a film. This was certainly the case here and it is fair to say that I was hooked almost immediately, much the same as Maurice falling for Sarah within a few moments of their meeting. The story is told in flashback from the lovers individual perspectives. I cannot remember how it was in the book but this methodology works well in the film. There are similarities between this film and another favourite of mine - 'The English Patient'. They are both sad stories of unfulfilled marriages and doomed affairs although Catholicism and religion are a relevant component of this film while the English Patient centres more on betrayal.

I thought the casting was excellent from the central players down to the supporting actors. Ian Hart puts in a convincing performance as the private detective, ably supported by Sam Bould, who plays his son. Julianne Moore is fabulous in her role and Stephen Rea was excellent, as usual - suitably wretched as the unhappy husband who was incapable of showing love for Moore. Impressive cinematography and the overall picture quality is very good with wonderful skin tones. Similarly, the audio quality was very good with a DTS 5:1 soundtrack which supports the excellent music composed by Michael Nyman. Another very impressive film by Neil Jordan.
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