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By Jess Fenton
12th April 2012

This is not the first time a play has been adapted to the big screen. On several occasions, productions have gone so far as to simply produce the film as though it were a play and film the results - Lars von Trier’s 2003 film ‘Dogville’ springs to mind. However ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ (first performed on stage in 1952) is close enough to being an actual play yet far enough away, as a film, to make it something quite different all together.

Hester (Rachel Weisz) is a highly emotional and desperate woman whose suicide attempt unravels her already precarious relationship to former RAF pilot Freddie, the man she’s desperately in love with and with whom she left her comfortable marriage to a High Court Judge to be with. Hester is completely devoured by her love and passion for Freddie, feelings Freddie himself once shared but who now feels burdened by them as a result of Hester’s co-dependance and manic behaviour. 


Director Terence Davies hasn’t taken advantage of his new medium, instead opting to simply transpose the material onto a four sided set. With the exception of flashbacks used to flush out and explain Hester and Freddie’s affair, her marriage to the judge and the troubles that plague her situation and current relationship, the film takes place over a 24 hour period, however too much feels missing, as though we’ve come in at the end of the story and the audience is left to fill in too many blanks themselves.

The exquisite performances of Tom Hiddleston and the film's lead, tortured soul Rachel Weisz are quite something to behold. Their joint passion and desperation radiate off the screen as the the romantically damned couple and envelopes the audience completely.

While this film will have trouble finding an audience, it is one for theatre lovers and those who complain that they don’t get to the theatre enough - this time, it’s coming to you.

RELEASE DATE: 12/04/2012
RUN TIME: 1h 38m
CAST: Rachel Weisz
Tom Hiddleston
Simon Russell Beale
Harry Hadden-Paton
Jolyon Coy
Karl Johnson
Ann Mitchell
Nicholas Amer
Sarah Kants
Oliver Ford Davies
DIRECTOR: Terence Davies
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