The End Of The Affair Movie Review Summary

Actors: Julianne Moore, Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Rea

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In war-torn 1939 England, writer Maurice Bendrix (Fiennes) meets Sarah Miles (Moore) who is married to Henry (Rea), a man she loves but shares no intimacy with. The two are immediately attracted to one another and embark on a torrid affair. Then one day Sarah mysteriously and abruptly walks out of Maurice's life. Two years later Maurice happens upon Henry who confides his suspicions of Sarah's infidelity. Maurice, wanting to understand the truth of what really happened between them, agrees to help and starts his own investigation.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Patti Illsley

Graham Greene's fairly autobiographical novel was first filmed in 1955 starring Deborah Kerr and Van Johnson. In 1999 British writer-director Neil Jordan (Mona Lisa, The Crying Game) released this visually dark, gloomy, but gorgeous version. Maurice Bendix (Fiennes) is a young writer who has a passionate affair during the Second World War with Sarah Miles (Moore), who is married to Henry. The film opens in 1946 when Maurice runs into Henry and wonders why Sarah broke off the affair so suddenly. He has her tailed by a private detective, and his obsession with her re-blossoms. Eventually we learn that during a German bombing raid which left Maurice severely injured, Sarah prayed to God to spare her lover if she will give him up. Fiennes and Moore are both superb, and Stephen Rea nicely does the stuffy, cuckolded husband who is sensitive enough to realize what's going on. This rather old-fashioned tale may be too slow for many viewers, but it's richly and beautifully done.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

THE END OF THE AFFAIR is a movie written and directed by Neil Jordan in 1999. Based on the Graham Greene novel. Julianne Moore was nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category.

Ralph Fiennes is a writer who falls in love during WWII with Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea's wife. Fiennes is severely hurt when a bomb explodes and Julianne Moore secretly swears to God that she won't see him anymore if He spares Fiennes. Fiennes miraculously survives and Julianne leaves him. Two years later, Fiennes accidentally meets Stephen Rea who gives him the opportunity to see Julianne again.

A superb romantic movie, one of 1999 best.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes take you on a trip into the excesses of their affair. Through a series of flashbacks and points of view you are taken back in time to the beginning of the relationship and follow it to it's demise. A beautifully done tale of lust and deceit. Not to be missed!
The review of this Movie prepared by Jason Jones

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Religion themed film?    -   Yes Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   moving train    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude male butt    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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