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The Deep Blue Sea

Directed by Terence Davies
United Kingdom, United States, 2011


Terence Davies, master chronicler of post-War England, directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering, obsessive love alienates the men around her and destroys her well-being. Based on Terence Rattigan’s play, made famous by countless actresses.

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The Deep Blue Sea Directed by Terence Davies
The films lacks naturalism and revels in a fantasy of intimacy, complete with gorgeous sing-alongs that strengthen the idea of community, and slow tracking shots that craft ecstatic, emotional swells. Davies finds beauty in the misery of grey postwar Britain – the film’s colour palette is smudged with muted browns and blues, shot through with flashes of warm, Vermeeresque light, and the vibrant life force represented by Hester’s red coat.
September 20, 2017
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Davies films pit the white heat of passion against the icy chill of convention and circumstance, and watches the sparks sail by like fireflies… Davies’ ultimate statement on lust and love, and the twilight zone where they become confused, The Deep Blue Sea is a feature-length swoon, a film that knows the feel of the real thing.
May 18, 2016
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It would have been nice for Davies—one of the best directors in the world, who has been so since the nineteen-eighties but has for the most part been out of the spotlight—to gain widely what has long been apparent among aficionadi: he’s not only a piercingly emotional filmmaker, and one of the great stylists of image and sound (his way with soundtracks and with recorded music and onscreen singing is passionately original) but also a revelatory director of actors.
March 06, 2013
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