The Deep Blue Sea
Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
Based on: Terence Rattigan‘s play
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Barbara Jefford
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 24.10.2016
[Here’s my first review.]
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.
I already liked the film the first time round, but it was even better to watch it a second time. It’s fascinating to see myself reacting differently to the film again (it’s not been that long that I saw it for the first time) and to see the film again with new eyes.
The first time I saw the film, I was taken aback by the overuse of the violin solo, which was my major point of contention. But somehow, this time round, I never found the music as intrusive as back then and in fact, I thought it fit very well. Though not as well as the pub sing along of You Belong to Me by Jo Stafford.
But the star of the film is and remains Rachel Weisz. She is simply incredible. Every little moment she acts is pitch-perfect and evocative and so very effective. While my attention was mostly on her relationship with William last time, this time, it was all about her and her alone.
Of course, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale were great, too, as was Barabra Jefford as William’s mother, whose small role barely registered with me the first time round, but this time not only did I enjoy Jefford herself, but I also realized how much that little scene explains about the plot and about Hester and her decisions. It was beautifully done.
In any case I was so emotionally invested in the story this time that I barely was able to stand the ending, I found it that agitating. It’s safe to say that the film had me firmly in its thrall. It will interesting to see what happens when I watch it a third time.