Screened Thursday, October 16, 2008
Writer/director Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, The House of
Mirth), master chronicler of post-War England, returns with a timeless
romantic drama starring Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering
love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply
vulnerable performance, Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-
class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless
marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled
former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic
relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated.
Based on Terence Rattigan’s play of the same name, The Deep Blue Sea
is an uncompromising study of the fear of loneliness and the frustratingly
unreliable nature of love.