The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

The Deep Blue Sea
Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
Based on: Terence Rattigan‘s play
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale
Part of: Viennale

Hester (Rachel Weisz) is married to William (Simon Russell Beale), but left him because she fell in love with Freddie (Tom Hiddleston). Now the two of them are kind of living together, but actually it’s more like they are continuously tearing themselves apart. It gets so bad that Hester tries to kill herself, which leads the three of them to finally confront the situation they find themselves in.

The Deep Blue Sea is a wonderfully written and performed movie that does have some weaknesses, especially due to the overuse of a soulgrating violin solo.

The Deep Blue Sea opens and ends with this drawn out violin solo that felt like the violinist was playing directly on my nerves instead of the violin strings. Not a very good feeling to have, quite frankly. And it did nothing to add to the film, so it was a little hard to get into the film at first. But once we’d collectively overcome that, the movie really showed what it had to offer. And that was a perfect cast. Not surprsisingly, really, because you wouldn’t expect anything less from Rachel Weisz or Tom Hiddleston.

What did surprise me, though, was that I was more touched and involved in the relationship between Bill and Hester than Freddie and Hester. In hindsight, it is quite logical because Freddie and Hester are an extremely unhealthy combination and I’ve never been one for codependent, destructive relationships. Also, Simon Russell Beale and Rachel Weisz clicked much more in their scenes together (not exactly in a romantic way, but in a “I could watch them for hours” way).

But at least Hester is completely aware how bad her relationship with Freddie is. That and her observation that “I was brought up to believe it more proper that men do this kind of loving”, plus the fact that in the end [SPOILER] she’s finally on her own and her own two feet [/SPOILER] elevate the story from a mere “weak woman doesn’t know how to save herself from passion” to something deeper.

The end is drawn out a bit too long, though (especially because of the return of the violin from hell), and the whole movie could have been paced a little faster (though I did like how seamlessly the flashbacks were fitted into the story). But in the end, those are minor points in an excellent film.

Summarising: Recommended.

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