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End Of The Affair, The
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"A Deal With God"
4 stars

The End of the Affair is an adult love story; an adulterous love triangle between a wife, a lover and God, set in 1940s Britain.

The lover is a jealous novelist (a perfectly cast Ralph Fiennes), who wants to know why Sarah (the quietly radiant Julianne Moore) abruptly ended their affair. He suspects another man and bullies Sarah's civil servant husband Henry (Stephen Rea, occasionally overdoing the hang-dog expression) into hiring a private investigator to find out. When director/adaptor Neil Jordan is true to the semi-autobiographical Graham Greene novel on which the film is based, the results are sublime. Jordan doesn't film The End of the Affair as a quaint period piece; instead, Greene's material is brought to life to resonate with contemporary audiences.

The last third of the book is taken up with Sarah's diary entries. Jordan uses her diary to show us the affair from Sarah's perspective, but too many of these scenes feel (or are) identical to material from earlier in the film and the repetition becomes wearying. Worse, Jordan strays too far from Greene's novel and contrives a more drawn-out conclusion, milking the material for pathos and creating absurdities where there were none.

Apart from Fiennes and Moore, the real stars of The End of the Affair are Anthony Pratt's production design, Sandy Powell's costumes and Roger Pratt's cinematography. Despite the flawed ending, their combined efforts make seeing this film on the big screen a must.

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7/26/05 Laura Lee Macleod the stars don't have magic, a let down 2 stars
8/14/03 Jeannie Karlsen COME ON! Would you pick Stephen Rhea or Ralph Fiennes? The choice is obvious. 4 stars
4/23/03 Leah only watched this because of the N.J/S.R partnership. Too slow. 2 stars
3/04/03 Jack Sommersby Emotionally inert drama lacks immediacy and propulsion. Unaffecting performances. 2 stars
9/18/02 R.W. Welch Decently written but most of it played too low key. 3 stars
5/28/02 Charles Tatum Great look and acting, but basically a big screen soap opera 4 stars
12/24/01 Phil M. Afficianado Flat and dreary, and turns implausable; interesting story, not enough to overcome flaws. 2 stars
6/20/01 Terrie Smith Fine WWII London atmosphere; Julianne Moore is stunning but film not up to par. 4 stars
5/15/01 paul tse it ia a good one. 4 stars
12/22/00 natasha Julianne Moore performance makes this movie 4 stars
5/23/00 David Winkler Boring - asleep 4.5 minutes after the opening credits. I hate movies that glorify audultery 1 stars
4/01/00 Tino Slaut They missed the point of (and monkeyed around with) the book. Stick with the 1953 film. 2 stars
3/17/00 peter corbett beautiful love story, saddened by reaction of Henry at end of film 4 stars
3/12/00 Mic Beautiful cinematography and an engaging plot, but Rea's character was implausibly weak. 4 stars
3/04/00 rich it's ok not enough of moore init 4 stars
3/01/00 Ionicera Ambient but dull 3 stars
2/12/00 Skye Chapman good movie. 4 stars
1/30/00 michael zaccaria atrueely sophisticated adult film that captures all the compexity and ambiguity of love and 5 stars
1/11/00 Heather Beautiful love story, loved all the flashbacks. 5 stars
1/10/00 jenn "Blu Smrf" this movie was beautiful, fiennes and more were amazing, great acting! 5 stars
1/09/00 Malbert Very good, only problem I had was with the sound...Fiennes&Moore were *great*! 4 stars
12/30/99 Richard Miller Fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/25/99 Tha Obsequious Bad Janatah Unconvincing, uneven, and often way too shallow. Way underdeveloped. 2 stars
12/05/99 MrShowbiz Fiennes and Moore are hauntingly good as star-crossed lovers in this Neil Jordan film. 5 stars
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  03-Dec-1999 (R)



Directed by
  Neil Jordan

Written by
  Neil Jordan

  Ralph Fiennes
  Julianne Moore
  Stephen Rea
  Ian Hart
  Sam Bould
  Jason Isaacs

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