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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

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She falls in love with a broken down former NYC hotel doorman, who tells Judith vaguely that he was in the hotel business.

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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A penniless middle-aged spinster scrapes by giving piano lessons in the Dublin of the 1950s. She makes a sad last bid for love with a fellow resident of her rundown boarding house, who imagines she has the money to bankroll the business he hopes to open. Written by Morganalee

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2 February 1989 (Italy)  »

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A Paixão Solitária de Judith Hearne  »

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$523,091 (USA)
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The movie's closing credits dedication states that the picture is in "Memory of Ramon Gow who died during the making of this film". Gow was a hair stylist / hair dresser in the make-up department. See more »

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References Samson and Delilah (1949) See more »

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Prelude Opus 28, No.4
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Rick Wentworth
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Extraordinarily sensitive and insightful acting of even better then virtuoso quality
14 June 2000 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

I own this film and have watched it perhaps a dozen times. While it's a bit depressing I am totally captured and inspired by Maggie Smiths astonishingly deep portrayal of Judith Hearne. I'm sure I'll watch it another dozen times or more. What's SO compelling is the scope of the private look we're afforded into this beautifully drawn character. There are lots of glimpses of her alone, interacting with just her thoughts or with cherished photographs or with herself in the mirror.

This peek behind the private door is touching to the extreme. Its a pity this film is not better known because of all the films I know it most plainly shouts about what the ART of acting is all about. One sees FAR more deeply into the soul of a character by WATCHING the non verbal facial expressions. This face language cant possibly be done in a novel without ludicrous verbosity. Smith is an utter master at this subtle yet profound art of letting a thought show in the face. It's these deeply human feelings that all of us exude (when we KNOW no one can see us) that make this character so universal.

I actually think this virtuoso performance is better even then Her Jean Brodie.

All the other characters are very well delineated and extremely well played. Bob Hoskins also gives an extremely good performance

If you LOVE great ACTING where subtle deep profound feelings show clearly in an expressive face..this is the very best I've seen to date.


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