It's melodramatic in the BBC on a Monday night sense, and I found it hard to feel the chemistry between the two leads. Still, it looks fantastic, and the ending is a wonderful twist that plays the religious subtext professionally without seeming too put on.
In this intimate exploration of love, lust, and what it means to trust God, one is struck by the intensity of human emotion. The plot is cleverly constructed through the replaying of scenes and changes in perspective - keeping you fully engaged in the narrative.
Another superb film from Neil Jordan, this boasts a great central cast (Fiennes, Moore, Rea, Hart, and Isaacs), a script with some absolutely beautiful lines, and just a general air of quality in every aspect. A new favourite piece of dialogue for me too, in the following; "I hate you, God. I hate you as though you existed."
A stilted, hollow adaptation of Greene's novel. The initial intrigue as to where the film is heading soon turns to apathy as a rather unconvincing romance unravels. Fiennes has a volatile charm, but Julianne Moore is horribly miscast & pales in the shadow of her co-star. While a different era of romance, the whole approach to the film jars awkwardly stunting the passion & emotion. Watch Brief Encounter instead.
Excellent production design to recreate this very polished period drama. However this adaptation of Graham Greene's novel too often feels cringey and lame. The affair indeed feels unconvicing. We are asked to take for granted the unadulterated pure love of this romance. But it is perhaps the film's second leitmotif, where God is brought into play to make petty deals with humans, where joints begin to creak so loudly.
I like sex and sad stories as much as the next person, but I much prefer the former first hand and the latter either put behind or narrated in a way that I can relate to. One star extra for female lead lovely and amply exppsed nipples as well as male lead spotlessly attractive bum. I guess it is down to the fact that I would not mind sharing. Or trupling up.
Film américain et britannique réalisé par Neil Jordan d'après un roman autobiographique de Graham Greene, publié en 1951. Avec Julianne Moore, Ralph Fiennes et Stephen Rea. Brief encounter revisited. https://www.facebook.com/zyx.mhclaes/media_set?set=a.727379093984903.1073741914.100001384583310&type=3
I loved it. I thought all three leads were perfect. It makes a good double bill with the fairly recent version of "The Painted Veil." Both films have romantic trios with complications and are mournfully, delicately sad. Big passions are repressed. There is lots of remorse.