The Deep Blue Sea
The auteur Terence Davies, that expert chronicler of post-war England, is about as far removed from The Hunger Games as you can get. But that’s certainly not a bad thing. The Deep Blue Sea marks his first return to drama since The House of Mirth in 2000.
Davies directs fellow Brit Rachel Weisz (read about her recent appearance in TIME here) as Hester Collyer, whose overpowering love threatens not just her well-being but is alienating the men in her life. She’s married to a high-powered judge (Simon Russell Beale), but meeting Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life into a spin.
Adapted from Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play, The Deep Blue Sea has generated pretty positive notices in its native land (and also closed last year’s London Film Festival). The Daily Telegraph plays up the movie’s history: “Every speech and pause is measured, every gesture neat, every line delivered to the back row of the stalls.” Sight and Sound goes with “Davies vividly catches the mood of Rattigan’s tattered post-war England, of painfully observed proprieties on one hand, untameable desire on the other.” And the Guardian concludes that “The Deep Blue Sea is a melancholy film without a doubt, but with great sweetness and delicacy.”