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Enduring Love (2004)

Cast: Bill Nighy, Susan Lynch, Helen McCrory, more...
Director: Roger Michell
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama, Foreign, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Enduring Love is director Roger Michell and screenwriter Joe Penhall's adaptation of Ian McEwan's acclaimed novel. Joe (Daniel Craig, who starred in Michell's previous film, The Mother), a college professor, is out on a romantic picnic with his long-time girlfriend, Claire (Samantha Morton), a sculptor. Joe seems about to propose marriage to Claire when their world is upended by a freak accident. A hot air balloon lands in the field behind them -- its passengers in obvious distress. Joe and a handful of other men run to help. Despite their efforts, a man falls to his death. Standing helplessly over his shattered body, Joe is joined by another would-be rescuer, Jed (Rhys Ifans, who co-starred in the director's Notting Hill), who suggests they kneel and pray. Joe, strictly a rationalist, does so reluctantly. Joe tries to get back to his routine, but he can't get the incident out of his head, and he is haunted by feelings of guilt and by ruminations about how things might have gone differently. Jed calls him out of the blue and urgently suggests that they meet. Jed soon makes it clear that he feels a connection to Joe that goes beyond their shared participation in the traumatic accident. He begins turning up everywhere Joe goes, sitting outside Joe's apartment at night. Worse yet, he insists that Joe is somehow sending him secret messages and leading him on. This potentially dangerous stalker begins to put a strain on Joe and Claire. As their relationship starts to disintegrate, Joe finds himself being pushed further and further from the rational, secure life he lived before that fateful day. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Endurance Test by talltale May 7, 2005 - 6:43 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I'm perplexed as to why the movie version of ENDURING LOVE is such a disappointment, particularly when it starts out so as well--close to perfection, really--initially riveting you and then holding you in sway for a half an hour or so before it slowly begins diminishing in terms of character, plot, motive and effect.

Characters grow less real and their actions appear suspect, the dialog occasionally turns clunky, and the movie veers into a stalker film because it lacks enough real context to make it more than merely that. The sub-plots, too, begin to feel forced. Too bad, because director Roger Michell and star Daniel Craig helped make "The Mother" one of the best films of the past decade.

I'd love to hear what Ian McEwan, on whose book the movie is based (and which I have not read), has to say about this film. It flopped commercially, so perhaps he is wise to simply keep his mouth shut and keep on writing.

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