There's hardly room in multiplexes these days for films about love, and most that do get in are b.s. (unless you're really into romantic entanglements between moody teen girls and even moodier teen vampires). But even if we were in the middle of a romance glut, The Deep Blue Sea would stand out as an intelligent, nuanced, devastating look at the vagaries of the human heart. Adapted by director Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, House of Mirth) from the celebrated play by Terrence Rattigan, the film casts Rachel Weisz as Hester, a woman in 1950s London who discovers in the arms of a young RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston) a life beyond the airless marriage to her respectable husband (Simon Russell Beale), but also finds her awakened passion opening a Pandora's box of emotional and personal repercussions. The performances are powerful, Davies' direction is exquisitely incisive, and The Deep Blue Sea makes a case that intelligent, affecting drama still has a place on the screen.
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