Deep Blue Sea, The

Deep Blue Sea, The

About the Film

In The Deep Blue Sea, Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play, featuring one of the greatest roles for an actress in modern theatre.
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale
Director: Terence Davies
Release Date: 03/23/12

Reactions

"Grade: A! Passion defies reason in The Deep Blue Sea." - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“Haunting and hypnotic...Rachel Weisz is incandescent” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A sublime evocation of amour fou.” - Graham Fuller, Film Comment

“A somber and powerful movie.” - David Denby, The New Yorker

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2012 - Best Actress, Rachel Weisz
  • Evening Standard British Film Awards 2012 Nominee - Best Actress, Rachel Weisz
  • London Critics Film Circle Awards 2012 ALFS Award Nominee - British Actress of the Year, Rachel Weisz
  • London Critics Film Circle Awards 2012 ALFS Award Nominee - Supporting Actor of the Year, Simon Russel Beale
  • BFI London Film Festival 2011 Nominee - Best Film
  • BFI London Film Festival 2011 - Closing Night Selection
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection
  • San Sebastián Internation Film Festival 2011 Golden Seashell Award Nominee - Best Film

Cast & Crew

Cast

Hester Collyer: Rachel Weisz
Freddie Page: Tom Hiddleston
Sir William Collyer: Simon Russell Beale
Mrs. Elton: Ann Mitchell
Philip Welch: Jolyon Coy
Mr. Miller: Karl Johnson

Crew

Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies (screenplay), Terence Rattigan (play)
Executive Producer: Katherine Butler
Producer: Sean O'Connor, Kate Ogborn
Editor: David Charap
Casting: Jane Arnell
Art Director: David Hindle
Costume: Ruth Myers

Technical Info

Production Year: 2011
Release Date: 03/23/12
Countries of Production: UK
Languages: English
Running Time: 1h 38m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Rating: R

News & Press

Critical Response

"Grade: A! Passion defies reason in The Deep Blue Sea." - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“Haunting and hypnotic...Rachel Weisz is incandescent” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A sublime evocation of amour fou.” - Graham Fuller, Film Comment

“A somber and powerful movie.” - David Denby, The New Yorker

“A museum of emotions, brought to contemporary life through Davies' artistry and Weisz's fire. Here, they show us, is how people felt, and hurt, in another time. Their love and pain can touch us today.” - Richard Corlis, Time Magazine

Critics Pick! “Rachel Weisz is incandescent” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

From The Deep Blue Sea Blog

Rachel Weisz gets Golden Globes nom for Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture [12/13/2012]

NYFCC names Rachel Weisz Best Actress of the Year for ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ [12/7/2012]

Rachel Weisz’s Performance in ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ is named “Film Performance of the Year” by New York Magazine [12/3/2012]

“‘The Deep Blue Sea’ is an impeccable literary adaption” [8/06/2012]

The Huffington Post recommends ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ on DVD [8/03/2012]

Indiewire on The Deep Blue Sea: “one of the finest movies of 2012″ [6/21/2012]


Theaters

Pelham
New York
5/25/12
Portsmouth
New Hampshire
5/25/12
San Francisco
California
5/25/12
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
5/25/12
Rhinebeck
New York
5/25/12
Allentown
Pennsylvania
5/25/12
Bar Harbor
Maine
6/1/12
Salina
Kansas
6/1/12
Keene
New Hampshire
6/1/12
Fort Wayne
Indiana
6/1/12
Boise
Idaho
6/8/12
Key West
Florida
6/8/12
Easton
Maryland
6/8/12
Charlotte
North Carolina
6/8/12
Carlisle
Pennsylvania
6/15/12
Saratoga Springs
New York
6/15/12
Louisville
Kentucky
6/15/12
Reading
Pennsylvania
6/15/12
Carlisle
Pennsylvania
6/15/12
Bloomington
Indiana
6/17/12
Doylestown
Pennsylvania
6/20/12
Madison
Wisconsin
6/22/12
Schenectady
New York
6/25/12
Three Oaks
Michigan
6/28/12
Columbus
Missouri
6/29/12
Hopkins Cinema 6
Minnesota
6/30/12
Yakima
Washington
7/6/12
Cleveland
Ohio
7/12/12
Cleveland
Ohio
7/12/12

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Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2012 - Best Actress, Rachel Weisz
  • Evening Standard British Film Awards 2012 Nominee - Best Actress, Rachel Weisz
  • London Critics Film Circle Awards 2012 ALFS Award Nominee - British Actress of the Year, Rachel Weisz
  • London Critics Film Circle Awards 2012 ALFS Award Nominee - Supporting Actor of the Year, Simon Russel Beale
  • BFI London Film Festival 2011 Nominee - Best Film
  • BFI London Film Festival 2011 - Closing Night Selection
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection
  • San Sebastián Internation Film Festival 2011 Golden Seashell Award Nominee - Best Film

Reactions

"Grade: A! Passion defies reason in The Deep Blue Sea." - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“Haunting and hypnotic...Rachel Weisz is incandescent” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A sublime evocation of amour fou.” - Graham Fuller, Film Comment

“A somber and powerful movie.” - David Denby, The New Yorker

Detailed Film Info

Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play, featuring one of the greatest roles for an actress in modern theatre. Through flashbacks, Mr. Davies creates memorable cinematic compositions against the backdrop of post-war England. His signature style includes beautiful tracking shots as well as the use of popular music of the day, and here Samuel Barber’s majestic Opus for Violin and Orchestra. Besides his two acclaimed semi-autobiographical features Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes, Mr. Davies films include The House of Mirth, The Neon Bible, and his masterful nonfiction exploration of his native city, Liverpool, Of Time and the City.

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