The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

DVD - 2012
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Hester Collyer is the wife of an upper-class judge and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page, a troubled former Royal air force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated.

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LauraSteinert
Sep 12, 2017

Depressing. Long and depressing. Long, boring and depressing.

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rslade
Aug 17, 2017

Watched it again, and couldn't remember watching it the first time. It's that memorable.

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firefly5
Mar 17, 2017

Returned without watching this one.

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cocolo308
Aug 27, 2016

What is that for American audiences movies has to be fast? Maybe this movie was not the greatest, but compared to many local junk, it passed.

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roystreet
Jul 01, 2016

What this film needs is more sex. I know that must seem odd in today's sex-saturated pop culture. But without the "motor" for the plot, the whole thing goes limp (pun intended). We need to FEEL the contrast, and, sadly, the director just doesn't get that across,

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gunnertoon
Feb 04, 2015

vvvverrrrry slow paced. poor weisz was given one emotion to play the entire movie. one.

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COURIER3
Jan 11, 2015

Previews overrated. I watched 15 minutes of boredom. Don't know who she was that tried to commit suicide. Jumped around from one bed to another . ~~~~~~~~

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Nursebob
Dec 11, 2014

With its cloying score of whiney violins and a script that sounds as if it were written by a third-rate romance writer who kept falling asleep at the keyboard, Terence Davie’s ridiculously lush weeper (based on a play by Terence Rattigan) is so badly executed it’s actually entertaining…for all the wrong reasons of course. It’s London circa 1950 and teary-faced Hester, the chronically suicidal wife of diminutive milquetoast Sir William, is having a lukewarm affair with Freddie, a former RAF pilot who believes his participation in the Battle of Britain gives him permission to be a self-centred boor. Leaving her husband for Freddie’s ambivalent embraces Hester spends the better part of the film pouting and staring at drapes while Freddie screams and drinks, and Sir William piteously rubs salt in his own wounds. Aside from a few pithy observations on love made by Freddie and Hester’s stoic landlady that’s pretty much it. Davie’s usual flair for poetic imagery does find an outlet of sorts with dreamy opening and closing sequences using long continuous shots of local street life to impart a delicate sense of time and place, but it is pretty much wasted everywhere else thanks to the horribly stilted dialogue and a complete lack of any empathy for his characters. This is not so much a melancholy romance as it is an uninspired drama about stupid people doing stupid things for no good reason. In one particularly indulgent passage Hester, waiting to fling herself in front of a subway train (yawn), is suddenly thrust into a wartime flashback featuring a cast of stiff upper-lipped clichés waiting out the Blitz by singing “Molly Malone” in a candlelit tube station. I just wanted her to jump already.

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 06, 2014

The title comes from the saying, "Between the devil and the deep blue sea". The film opens with a suicide scene, so you kind of know where the story is heading. It is London after WWII and Hester, a young woman, is caught in a love triangle, destined to end badly. Rachel Weisz played the lead role and did it well. However, the story evolved slowly - probably too slowly for some. Toward the end you feel a melancholy accented by well-chosen violin background music. So if you don't mind the theme and the pace, you get to see some pretty good acting from the two main actors, and life of London in the 50's.

MonsterGirl94 Oct 22, 2014

Love both actors and they played theirs roles perfectly but the story was odd.

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 06, 2014

Ron@Ottawa thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 06, 2014

Sexual Content: One scene of nudity.

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