The Deep Blue Sea, a British drama filmed based off of the 1952 Terrence Rattigan play The Deep Blue, has captured English critics’ hearts as the old-time play has been revived on the silver screen. Funded by the UK Film Council and Film4, the plot focuses on the desperate wife of a judge who begins a tempestuous affair with an RAF pilot.
Set in the 1950’s, Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) has been forced to bear a life without passion as her husband, High Court judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beal), cannot give his beloved the love she needs and desires. As the film recounts her attempted suicide, we take a look back at the shattered pieces of her life that led to his deadly decision.
Living a life of luxury with her husband, the sexual tensions between them exponentially mount as Sir Collyer can no longer satisfy his wife, but only be a companion to her. But Hester’s sexual bearings are drastically increased with she meets a handsome, young RAF pilot Freddie Page (Tom Middleston). Although when she realizes his unstable life can only bring her sexual pleasure, she questions her life choices.
Directed by Terence Davis, The Deep Blue Sea tells a passionate tale of lust and unrequited love. The release of the movie was released in 2011, the year of Terrence Rattigan’s centenary. Bringing back to life a play our grandparents so fondly remember, this movie offers a tantalizing story for both young and old.