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Movie Review: The End of the Affair

Story: Based on the 1951 autobiographical novel by British author Graham Greene (The Third Man, The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana) Irish director and screenwriter Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With a Vampire and on my favorite list in '97, The Butcher Boy) has given us a holiday treat for the senses. The story flashes between the London of 1939 to '44, filled with atmosphere, sepia and charcoal tones, rain (lots of it), fog, The Blitz (the earth actually does move for our couple), luscious sex (lots of it), wonderful costumes, passion, adultery, faith, jealousy, private detectives, promises and God. A great holiday getaway!

Acting: No one does obsessive love like Ralph Fiennes (I am sure you remember The English Patient). He is wonderfully handsome, compelling and passionate as Maurice Bendrix the writer and lover of Julianne Moore (Sarah) who is also wonderful and very British and has come a long way since Boogie Nights. Stephen Rea (who can do no wrong in my book) is fabulously understated as Henry the cuckolded civil servant husband. (He also looked remarkably like John Forsythe in his bowler hat).

Pets: None

Visual Art: Photos and some prints

Length: A perfect 105 minutes