Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
United Kingdom/USA, 1999. Columbia Pictures Corporation. Screenplay by Neil Jordan, based on the novel by Graham Greene.Cinematography by Roger Pratt. Produced by Neil Jordan, Stephen Woolley. Music by Michael Nyman. Production Design by Anthony Pratt. Costume Design by Sandy Powell. Film Editing by Tony Lawson. Academy Awards 1999. Golden Globe Awards 1999. New York Film Critics Awards 1999.
Ralph Fiennes has a devastating hatred for a married woman (Julianne Moore) with whom he was once in love. Flashing back we find out that they once had a passionate affair that ended abruptly without the slightest explanation from her. The reasons behind her sudden change of feeling, and the intricacies of her relationships with both Fiennes and her drab husband Stephen Rea are explored in this gorgeously photographed but emotionally staid adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel that is hardly further ahead of the game than the 1955 version with Deborah Kerr was. Fiennes and Moore enjoy wonderful chemistry, and she is exquisitely affecting in the lead role, but the settings are miserable and the whole thing draws out far too slowly until the strange and incongruous finale.