The Deep Blue Sea is period romantic drama set in England. It is based on the play by Terence Rattigan and Terence Davies directed the film. It centers on a married woman who has fallen in love with another man. You have to remember that divorce and affairs were more taboo than they are today, especially when you involve the church. The film stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, and Simon Russell Beale.
“Master chronicler of post-War England, Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering, obsessive love alienates the men around her and destroys her well being. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play.
In a deeply vulnerable performance Weisz is the latest incarnation of Hester Collyer, the wife of a High Court judge (British theatre actor Simon Russell Beale), a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page, a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot (Tom Hiddleston, Thor, Midnight in Paris, War Horse, The Avengers) throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. Nearly abandoned by Freddie, Hester attempts to win him back through a desperate gesture. This only serves to estrange her more from the men in her life and reality itself.
Through flashbacks, Terence Davies creates memorable cinematic compositions against the backdrop of post-war England. His signature style includes beautiful tracking shots as well as the use of popular music of the day including Samuel Barber’s majestic Opus for Violin and Orchestra. Besides his two acclaimed semi-autobiographical
The Deep Blue Sea is in theatres in NY and LA on March 23, 2012. Hopefully, a wider release will follow.