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The Secret Rapture (1993)

Katherine is a basically miserable and mentally unstable woman who is married to even-aged Isobel's father, who is the only one willing to give Katherine the unconditional love that she ... See full summary »

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Isobel Coleridge
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Katherine Coleridge (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
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Marion French
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Patrick Steadman
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Tom French
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Norman
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Kiki
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June Allardyce
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Diane Fletcher ...
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Janet Steel ...
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Katherine is a basically miserable and mentally unstable woman who is married to even-aged Isobel's father, who is the only one willing to give Katherine the unconditional love that she craves lest her inner chaos should wholly consume her. For any kind of peace of mind, she is consequently entirely dependent on him. As, however, her husband dies (of natural causes), Katherine quite instinctively transfers her primal need for all-encompassing care to his daughter, Isobel. As this is a serious intrusion upon her and her boyfriend's private life, Isobel rejects Katherine - at first. She soon realizes that Katherine needs her attention more than her boyfriend, whom she then opts to leave, to go and live with Katherine in her father's countryside cottage. The last scenes of the movie, not to be revealed here, raises the question of who, after all, were the more needful of Isobel's love. Written by Tue Sorensen <jensb@mi.aau.dk>

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language
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Remarkable Actress
5 February 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Virtually unseen in this country, "The Secret Rapture" showcases the remarkable Juliet Stevenson in David Hare's drama concerning internal conflicts and unspoken hostilities which threaten a British family. She potrays a woman self-sacrificing to the point of destructiveness, a passive-aggressive sacrificial lamb who controls those around her through acts of self deprecation and kindness. She's nicely contrasted with Joanne Whalley's nasty-edged femme fatale who seals the family's doom, reminiscent of Gene Tierney's carnivorous soul-eater in "Leave Her to Heaven"... Should be seen by David Hare fans and those unacquainted with an excellent performer who also did spectacular work as the grieving widow in "Truly Madly Deeply".


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