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Unlucky in Love
by Betty Jo Tucker

The Deep Blue Sea feels like a British updating of Anna Karenina. Set in a gloomy postwar London of the 1950s, the story deals with a young woman -- married to a much older man Ė who engages in a self-destructive love affair with a former RAF pilot. Adapted from a play by Terence Rattigan and directed by Terence Davies, the film is a real downer despite a superb star turn by Rachel Weisz and some excellent period details, including pubs and songs. In fact, Iím still in a deep funk from seeing this one -- and too blue now to write a regular review. The poem below will have to do.

       

No, The Deep Blue Sea

didnít work for me.

Yet its star is great

as a lovesick mate.

 

Rachel Weisz can act.

Never doubt that fact.

But to watch her cry,

even try to die?

 

Please make no mistake -

thatís quite hard to take.

This film holds no cheer

despite songs and beer.   

 

If sad makes you glad,

it might not be bad.

Still, best left a play

is all I can say.   

 

(Released by Music Box Films and rated ďRĒ for scenes of sexuality and nudity.)

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