Enduring Love

2006-03-30 13:09


On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate their reunion with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside with his partner, Claire. But as Joe and Claire prepare to open a bottle of champagne, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. A hot air balloon drifts into the field, obviously in trouble. Joe and three other men rush to secure the basket but the wind rushes into the field, and carries the rescuers airborne. Joe manages to drop to the ground, as do most of his companions, but one man is lifted skywards. As Joe, Claire and the other rescuers watch this strangely beautiful sight, they see the man fall to his death.

Ironically the balloon eventually lands safely, the boy unscathed. But fate has far more unpleasant things in store for Joe. Going to retrieve the body of the fallen man with fellow rescuer Jed Parry, for example, turns out to be a very bad move. Jed feels an instant connection with Joe--one that, as the weeks go by, becomes ever more intense.

What the critics are saying:

"An intelligent and gripping dramatic thriller, Enduring Love is a real rarity: a film better than the book it's adapted from."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi Film

"Most movies remain at the top level of action: They are about what happens. A few consider the meaning of what happened, and even fewer deal with the fact that we have a choice, some of the time, about what happens and what we do about it."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Rhys Ifans plays the part of the scorned lover with neurasthenic delicacy and a spidery creepiness in this serious movie about the petty cruelties of love."
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times

A highly intelligent, deeply disturbing film about love, obsession and stalkers.

Grant 2005/07/08 9:38 AM
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