The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

DVD - 2012
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Hester Collyer is the wife of an upper-class judge and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page, a troubled former Royal air force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated.
Publisher: [United States] : Music Box Films, 2012.
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION DEE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 27, 2019

A beautiful woman (Rachel Weisz), married to an older gentleman, is having an affair with a dashing ex-airman (Tom Hiddleston) in 1950. The film dissects the traits of the trio's relationships. Love the music, well chosen songs, the cinematography and insights to an affair which might have been quite common with vivacious men coming home from the great war.

Sep 20, 2018

I can watch Rachel in anything ~

Sep 12, 2017

Depressing. Long and depressing. Long, boring and depressing.

Aug 17, 2017

Watched it again, and couldn't remember watching it the first time. It's that memorable.

Mar 17, 2017

Returned without watching this one.

Aug 27, 2016

What is that for American audiences movies has to be fast? Maybe this movie was not the greatest, but compared to many local junk, it passed.

Jul 01, 2016

What this film needs is more sex. I know that must seem odd in today's sex-saturated pop culture. But without the "motor" for the plot, the whole thing goes limp (pun intended). We need to FEEL the contrast, and, sadly, the director just doesn't get that across,

Feb 04, 2015

vvvverrrrry slow paced. poor weisz was given one emotion to play the entire movie. one.

Jan 11, 2015

Previews overrated. I watched 15 minutes of boredom. Don't know who she was that tried to commit suicide. Jumped around from one bed to another . ~~~~~~~~

Dec 11, 2014

With its cloying score of whiney violins and a script that sounds as if it were written by a third-rate romance writer who kept falling asleep at the keyboard, Terence Davie’s ridiculously lush weeper (based on a play by Terence Rattigan) is so badly executed it’s actually entertaining…for all the wrong reasons of course. Davie’s usual flair for poetic imagery does find an outlet of sorts with dreamy opening and closing sequences using long continuous shots of local street life to impart a delicate sense of time and place, but it is pretty much wasted everywhere else thanks to the horribly stilted dialogue and a complete lack of any empathy for his characters. This is not so much a melancholy romance as it is an uninspired drama about stupid people doing stupid things for no good reason. In one particularly indulgent passage Hester, waiting to fling herself in front of a subway train (yawn), is suddenly thrust into a wartime flashback featuring a cast of stiff upper-lipped clichés waiting out the Blitz by singing “Molly Malone” in a candlelit tube station. I just wanted her to jump already.

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Dec 27, 2019

Excitement and fear. Irresistible combo.
If it gets too cold you could always rub two boy scouts together.
You have a husband. Your first loyalty is to him. Twin beds. Again.
-Mother has an arcane view of married life.
How were you conceived, then? Willpower?
We've all been in love. But there are other aspects that are just as important. Maybe more so.
-Like spiritual values?
You have exactly the same expression on your face as my father had when he... talked about the pettiness of the physical.
So why did you go to the impressionists?
-I only did it for the Monet.
See the pyramids
along the Nile
watch the sunrise on
a tropic isle
just remember darling
all the while
see the marketplace
in old Algiers
send me photographs
and souvenirs
just remember when
a dream appears
you belong to me ...
It's never too late to begin again, eh? Isn't that what they say?
-Yes... that's what they say.

Dec 27, 2019

Sometimes it's difficult to judge... when you're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. A lot of rubbish is talked about love. You know what real love is? It's wiping someone's arse... or changing the sheets when they've wet themselves. And letting them keep their dignity so you can both go on.
Beware of passion, Hester. It always leads to something ugly.
-What would you replace it with?
A guarded enthusiasm. It's safer.
-But much duller.
It's just a sordid little affair.
-No, it's not. I love him.
It's infatuation. There's more to love than - physicality.
-Well, there isn't for me any more.

I give my respect to those who've earned it. To everyone else, I'm civil.
He still loves you?
-As much as he did 10 months ago.
Whilst the balance of my mind was disturbed. Isn't that the legal phrase?
-Yes, and what disturbed that balance?
Anger, hatred, shame. Of myself. Of being alive.

Dec 27, 2019

Do you know you've not looked at me since I came in?
-I know what you look like,
You said just now that his feelings for you hadn't changed.
-They haven't. But zero minus zero is still zero.
How long have you known this?
-From the beginning.
How in the name of reason can you go on loving a man who can give you nothing?
-Oh, but he does give me something - from time to time.
Any time you're feeling blue
any time you feel
that will prove your
love for me is true
any time you're
thinking 'bout me
that's the time I'll
be thinking of you
so any time you say you
want me back again
that's the time I'll
come back home to you
My God, aren't women the end? Marries the first man who asks her... and falls in love with the first man who gives her the eye.

Dec 27, 2019

His life stopped in 1940. He loved 1940. He's never been really happy since the war.
We're lethal to each other.
Oh, don't put the shoes on the table. It's bad luck. That's what they say.
-Do they?
I was the one who wanted to wait for the divorce. You didn't. You jumped that
particular fence. I never gave myself a big build-up. You knew exactly what you were getting.
-Yes, I knew the risk I was taking...And I took it!
He knows me too well.
-But you gave your word.
He knew perfectly well I had no intention of keeping it. That's why he wouldn't come. I just wanted to be with him for a while longer.
Love, it would seem, drives all sorts of things. What is that quote about love?
"It comforted like sunshine after rain... and lust's effect is tempest after sun."
-One can't go on living on a flat plane. Not after discovering something more...
-Shall we say natural?
Lust isn't the whole of life but Freddie is, you see, for me... the whole of life. And death.

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Dec 06, 2014

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Dec 06, 2014

Sexual Content: One scene of nudity.


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