Sunrise Presents Rachel Weisz Drama
The Sunrise Theater concludes an April filled with award-winning, critically acclaimed films with the Rachel Weisz drama "The Deep Blue Sea," the story of a wife of a British judge caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.
This British drama is directed by Terence Davies and also stars Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale. It is an adaptation of the 1952 play of the same title by Terence Rattigan.
"The Deep Blue Sea" will run on the usual SunFlix schedule from April 26-30 with shows weekdays at 7:30 p.m. and weekends at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. This film is rated R and runs for 1 hour and 39 minutes.
Master chronicler of post-war England, Terence Davies' latest film tells the story of Hester Collyer (Weisz), the younger wife of High Court Judge Sir William Collyer (Beale). She has embarked on a passionate affair with Freddie Page (Hiddleston), a handsome young RAF pilot who is troubled by his memories of the war.
The majority of the film takes place during one day in Hester's flat, a day on which she has attempted suicide and failed. As she recovers, the story of her affair and her married life is played out in a mosaic of short and sporadic flashbacks. The audience soon discovers the constraints of Hester's comfortable marriage, which is affectionate but without sexual passion.
As Hester's affair is discovered she leaves her life of comparative luxury and moves into a small, dingy London flat with Freddie. Hester's new lover has awakened her sexuality, but the reckless, thrill-seeking Freddie can never give her the love and stability that her husband gave. Yet to return to a life without passion would be unbearable. The film takes its title from her dilemma.
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle captures both the plot and the performance when he writes that "Rachel Weisz - in what has to be the performance of her career, and there have been lots of good ones - plays an intelligent woman in the grip of a lust that's too big to handle or suppress. She can either ride the tiger or be devoured."
Kenneth Turan of the LA Times describes the film as "exceptionally well-made and completely fearless in its depiction of the widest range of romantic emotions, this is a film as fiercely committed to passion as its heroine, and that's saying a lot."
The historical Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines. Tickets for the all shows are $7 for adults and are only available at the box office before each show. Refreshments, including beer and wine, are available.
For more information about events at the Sunrise, contact the theater at (910) 692-3611 or www.sunrisetheater.com.
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