The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

Romantic drama, set in post World War II Britain, about a High Court judge's wife (Rachel Weisz) who abandons her privileged life to embark on an affair with an Air Force pilot (Tom Hiddleston). Based on Terence Rattigan's play.

"Hester (Weisz) is the beautiful wife of judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale), theirs is a companionable rather than a passionate marriage. When Hester meets a young ex-RAF pilot, Freddie (Hiddleston), she falls devastatingly in love with him, and to the shock of those around her she leaves her marriage to live with him in shabby lodgings. But as time passes, Hester comes to realise that the dashing but damaged Freddie is unable to return her all-consuming passion." (London Film Festival 2011)

2011Rating: M, offensive language and content that may disturb98 minsUK
DramaRomance
94%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Davies is in fine form here, with luminous perfs, especially from Rachel Weisz, rounding out a classy package.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A lyrical study of infidelity and loneliness.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The social and psychological particulars, and the wonderful period details, are part of the background...

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A melancholy film without a doubt, but with great sweetness and delicacy.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The film feels pity for the exhausted city of London. The vast metropolis was the scene of greatness during World War II, but a few years later, it is drab, hungry and without optimism.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Exceptionally well-made and completely fearless in its depiction of the widest range of romantic emotions.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Classic Davies territory and a potent reminder of why he is a director to cherish.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Its patient elegance is a rare thing we should nurture.

4.0
0

sack the violinist

Someone should have killed the violinist who was obviously paid vast amounts of money to provide a large part of the score,and the producers wanted their moneys worth. The actors werer faultless with the old girl from Eastenders turning in a fine gutsy performance,as the understanding landlady. The performances were excellent and carried the overly long...

0

Fractured and unbalanced.

An attempt at a romantic drama that just does not pull it off. Beale and Weisz do the very best they can, but Hiddleston comes across as 2D and shallow. Setting and much of direction / camera work was excellent, if somewhat dark and overly brooding. At times, ponderous. Music was suffocating with soaring strings intruding and distracting from the delicacy...

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Davies is in fine form here, with luminous perfs, especially from Rachel Weisz, rounding out a classy package.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A lyrical study of infidelity and loneliness.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The social and psychological particulars, and the wonderful period details, are part of the background...

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A melancholy film without a doubt, but with great sweetness and delicacy.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The film feels pity for the exhausted city of London. The vast metropolis was the scene of greatness during World War II, but a few years later, it is drab, hungry and without optimism.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Exceptionally well-made and completely fearless in its depiction of the widest range of romantic emotions.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Classic Davies territory and a potent reminder of why he is a director to cherish.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Its patient elegance is a rare thing we should nurture.

4.0
0

sack the violinist

Someone should have killed the violinist who was obviously paid vast amounts of money to provide a large part of the score,and the producers wanted their moneys worth. The actors werer faultless with the old girl from Eastenders turning in a fine gutsy performance,as the understanding landlady. The performances were excellent and carried the overly...

0

Fractured and unbalanced.

An attempt at a romantic drama that just does not pull it off. Beale and Weisz do the very best they can, but Hiddleston comes across as 2D and shallow. Setting and much of direction / camera work was excellent, if somewhat dark and overly brooding. At times, ponderous. Music was suffocating with soaring strings intruding and distracting from the delicacy...

2.0
0