Saturday, October 01, 2016

Truly Madly Deeply

Truly Madly Deeply is a 1990 fantasy tale made for the BBC and starring Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman. It's directed by Anthony Minghella. This is a sad, sweet, gentle ghost story.

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Empire Online concludes: "A divisive film -too overwrought for some, perfectly emotionally pitched for others- how much it will appeal will depend on how romantically inclined the viewer is feeling." Slate gives it a glowing review and closes with this: "It might make Minghella happy to know that those still figuring out how to mourn him can turn to his own best movie for advice."

Spirituality and Practice says, "Juliet Stevenson gives a heartfelt performance as an English woman who travels to the far country of grief and almost doesn't make it back. Watching the process whereby she is restored to the wonder, joy, and confusion of life is a delight to behold."

The NYT says it, "should be enchanting, but it isn't. Everyone pushes too hard, especially Mr. Minghella, the writer and director." Roger Ebert calls it "a truly odd film, maddening, occasionally deeply moving." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 72% and an audience rating of 88%.

7 comments:

  1. I'm not sure how ready I am see a grief stricken movie right now. It sounds like a tear jerker to me. I guess I'm wanting something with a bit of drama or mindless fun to take my mind off all the work I'm doing in my basement. I applaud your review, though.

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    1. I much prefer the ghost story/eerie tale horror rather than the slasher/jump scene-filled type. I've still got When Harry Met Sally and Rushmore sitting over there that I want to read while it's still fall. Why do I never pick them? So odd.

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  2. So did you enjoy this? It might be a bit of a downer from some of those reviews. But a good romantic story with a ghost has a lot of appeal.

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    1. Yes, it's a sweet film, and I much prefer ghost stories to other kinds of horror films.

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  3. So did you enjoy this? It might be a bit of a downer from some of those reviews. But a good romantic story with a ghost has a lot of appeal.

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  4. Funny--I watched this years ago, but am so bad at titles that I didn't remember at first. Ended up watching the whole thing again, anyways, because I actually found it sweetly amusing...how he brought over all the dead friends and all. I didn't think it was sad at all really. I thought it quite life affirming.

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    1. I see what you're saying. Definitely life-affirming. Love makes sacrifices.

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