Deep Blue Sea (DVD)

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Drama based on the Terence Rattigan play, starring Rachel Weisz as a woman who leaves her husband and a socially prosperous life to pursue a love affair with a pilot. Hester Collyer (Weisz) is married to a judge, William (Simon Russell Beale), and enjoys all the material comfort and social privilege that goes with such a role in 1950s England. However, when she meets Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a dashing young RAF pilot, Hester's world is turned upside down. She falls in love with Freddie and leaves her husband and her comfortable, if unexciting, life behind for him. Will Freddie prove himself worthy of such devotion?

Product Details

Barcode
5021866583303
Department
Movies & TV
Released
2 Apr 2012
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
Artificial Eye
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
98 min
Age Restriction
12
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Deep Blue Sea
Release Year
2011
Running Time
98 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Affairs / Doomed Lovers / Infidelity / Period Piece / Pilots / Romance
US Box Office
$1.1 million
Official Website
http://www.thedeepblueseamovie.com
Ratings
IMDb
6.2
Rotten Tomatoes®
80% 51%
Metacritic
82
Synopsis
One of Terence Rattigan's most celebrated plays is given a new screen adaptation in this drama written and directed by Terence Davies. Hester Page (Rachel Weisz) is rescued in the midst of a suicide attempt by her landlady Mrs. Elton (Ann Mitchell) when she smells gas. As those around her ponder why a beautiful woman would choose such a fate, we learn that Hester is not really Hester at all -- she's actually Lady Collyer, the wife of well-known and respected judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale). However, Lady Collyer has never known love or satisfaction in her marriage, and she fell into an affair with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a former RAF pilot. Lady Collyer has become hopelessly infatuated with Freddie, leaving her husband and living with Freddie under an assumed identity. But the woman who now calls herself Hester soon discovers she loves Freddie far more than he loves her, and between his drinking and neglect for her, it seems she's given up her old life for one that has no future. This marks the second time THE DEEP BLUE SEA has been brought to the screen; Vivien Leigh starred in the 1955 version directed by Anatole Litvak.
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Poster for Deep Blue Sea
Cast & Crew
Director
Terence Davies
Star
Simon Russell Beale / Tom Hiddleston / Ann Mitchell / Rachel Weisz
Co-Star
Nicholas Amer / Jolyon Coy / Oliver Ford Davies / Harry Hadden-Paton / Barbara Jefford / Karl Johnson / Sarah Kants / Stuart McLoughlin / Mark Tandy / Philip Welch
Screenwriter
Terence Davies
Source Writer
Terence Rattigan / Author: Terence Rattigan
Composer
Samuel Barber
Director of Photography
Florian Hoffmeister
Sound
Tim Barker
Music Performer
Hilary Hahn / Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"Davies has been able to shape the stage play to his strengths....It helps that Weisz, in one of her finest performances, opens herself beautifully to vulnerability and folly." -- Grade: A
Lisa Schwarzbaum (30 Mar 2012, )
Los Angeles Times
"Exceptionally well-made and completely fearless in its depiction of the widest range of romantic emotions, this is a film as fiercely committed to passion as its heroine, and that's saying a lot."
Kenneth Turan (23 Mar 2012, )
Movieline
"Rachel Weisz, as a woman who risks everything for the love of the wrong man, carries the mood and subtext of the material safely tucked in her dressing-gown pocket -- she’s vulnerable and self-motivated in all the right measures."
Stephanie Zacharek (22 Mar 2012, )
Sight and Sound
"The three leads are superb....Rachel Weisz's lustrous evocation of sensual sorrow gives Hester a distinct cerebral edge."
Jonathan Romney (1 Dec 2011, )
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Echoes of BRIEF ENCOUNTER abound, and Davies deliberately courts them...it often plumbs similar depths."
Philip Kemp (1 Jan 2012, )
USA Today
"This compact rendering -- at once feverish and meticulous in its calibration of wanton emotions -- proves just how deep Mr. Davies’s knowledge goes."
A. O. Scott (1 Apr 2012, )