6.5/10
1,363
21 user 8 critic

Tom & Viv (1994)

In 1915, T.S. (Tom) Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding gynecological and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. Her father is angry because Tom's poetry ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Damage (1992)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson
Love Field (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a woman enrout to JFK's funeral befriends a black man's daughter, they experience numerous revelations and hardships.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Dennis Haysbert, Stephanie McFadden
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young marchioness who loves the way of free-thinking and flatterers invites an author into her house who pretends to seduce her...

Director: Anna Maria Tatò
Stars: Ivan Bacciocchi, Jean-Claude Carrière, Axelle Cummings
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Maurice Haigh-Wood
Nickolas Grace ...
Bertrand Russel
...
Harwent
...
Louise Purdon
Philip Locke ...
Charles Haigh-Wood
Joanna McCallum ...
Virginia Woolf
...
Bishop of Oxford
...
Sir Frederick Lamb
...
W.I. Janes
Sharon Bower ...
Secretary
Linda Spurrier ...
Edith Sitwell
...
Ottoline Morrell
Edit

Storyline

In 1915, T.S. (Tom) Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding gynecological and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. Her father is angry because Tom's poetry doesn't bring in enough to live on, but her mother is happy Viv has found a tender and discreet husband. Written by mama.sylvia

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

For better, for worse, forever.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

2 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Том и Вив  »

Box Office

Gross:

$538,534 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although Michael Hastings' original play makes a point of revealing Mrs. Eliot's membership of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s, the film excludes this entirely. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Game-On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Just for Miranda Richardson, it is worth your money!
7 February 2016 | by (China) – See all my reviews

Another biography of a literature world's luminary from UK director Brian Gilbert (WILDE 1997), TOM & VIV is about the perturbed marriage between American poet T.S. Eliot (Dafoe), and his first wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood (Richardson), which lasts for 17 years from 1915 to 1932 (separated but never divorced).

It is a refined British period drama, in quaint but steadfast pace, a flamboyant Viv attracts the young poet, the passion speeds them up to elope, but Maurice (Dutton), Viv's younger brother, implicitly hints to Tom, there is something wrong with Viv, a physical ailment or something like that, but, it is rather too embarrassed to say it loud. If we are not familiar with their story, it is quite a challenge to conjecture what's the problem through the movie's oblique approach, Viv is shown to buy some highly contentious medicines in the pharmacy and Tom is clearly in a shock after their (first) lovemaking, and what we see is a blood-stained white bed sheet. They reconciles anyway, and Viv is fervently supportively to Tom's work, to him, she is a great helper and a significant influence.

But Viv suffers from frequent mood swings, due to her irregular menstruation (talking about a corporeal condition aggravates into a mental disorder), an irrevocable chasm is developing through time, when fame catches up with Tom but Viv's bouts of improprieties in the social activities greatly embarrass him. Their mutual effort of love and support is being put to test, and Tom finds solace in Catholic church and grows distant towards Viv, which puts her through the wringer of abandonment and isolation, she becomes a black sheep in her family and her behaviours grows ever more erratic and even dangerous, an institution becomes her only final home.

Never a daft gal, Viv has always been sharp-minded and opinionated, she is no Sloane Ranger either, born with a silver spoon but she makes no fuss to marry her impecunious husband and live with him in a small attic, but the incurable health problem distresses her, shames her and Tom is her sole hope and crutch, when he finally capitulates, Viv rationally opts for her own destiny. Miranda Richardson is meritoriously nominated for an Oscar for her incredible work, to interpret Viv's "moral insanity" with attention-absorbing flair and eccentric mannerism, unpredictable as a time-bomb which is ready to explode at any time, but also poignantly reflects her powerlessness out of her seemingly arbitrary spasms of hysteria.

Willem Dafoe is in his most restrained fashion to portray Tom with an intellectual's unfathomable nature, his soft-spoken delivery obscures the distinction between a tender mercy and a devoted lover, contrary to Viv, his suffering is latent, his final look is frosty and inaccessible, after we learn about Viv's situations, the stance of Gilbert and playwright Michael Hasting on this tragic relationship is fairly manifest. Rosemary Harris, also seizes an Oscar nomination for playing Viv's mother Rose, imbues a sedate facade of dignity from a genteel matron, apart from her immaculate enunciation, her gaze at Viv compellingly evinces affection and disappointment in unison.

At the end of the day, TOM & VIV doesn't disappoint (apart from the pungent whiff of the typical British self-esteem), Gilbert dissects a problematic relationship pickle with its unobtrusive scalpel, a slow-burner worthy the investment of your time, whether or not you are au fait with T.S. Eliot.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page