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The Heart of Me (2002)

R | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 2003 (UK)
1930's London. Two sisters - Madeleine and Dinah - One marries Rickie, the other falls in love with him. He begins an affair which is to have repercussions throughout their lives.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dinah
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Madeleine
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Rickie
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Mrs. Burkett
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Anthony
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Jack
Gillian Hanna ...
Betty
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Charles
Alison Reid ...
Bridie
Katy Maw ...
Sylvia (as Kathryn Tennant-Maw)
Rebecca Charles ...
Miss Matthews
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Drysdale
Shaughan Seymour ...
Jeweller
Simon Day ...
Hospital Doctor
Jenny Howe ...
Nurse
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In the 1930s Ricky Masters, an English businessman, marries Madeleine, a fine match socially, but the cultured aesthete is more and more attracted to her sister Dinah, a 'Bohemian' painter, and as they spend time together their affair becomes physical, even all the way; yet when she gets pregnant they decide to leave his marriage intact. He raises his son with Madeleine, who tells him only in 1946 that she knew after he had a car accident during a 'business trip' to southern France that caused Dinah to loose her unborn daughter; now Ricky wants to leave Madeleine, but she refuses a divorce; after a time in hospital he is told Dinah chose to move back to France without him while she's really living in London, still not the last twist of the drama... Written by KGF Vissers

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Passion brought them together. Love will tear them apart. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 May 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Meu Amor, Minha Perdição  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£52,466 (UK) (4 May 2003)

Gross:

$196,067 (USA) (5 October 2003)
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One of the cars used in this movie is a 1931 Austin 7 box saloon. See more »

Quotes

Dinah: And throughout all Eternity I forgive you, you forgive me
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Thanks to the residents of Fitzroy Square. See more »

Soundtracks

Heart and Soul
(1938)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Performed by Dorothy Carless & Billy Mayerl
Published by Famous Music Corp.
Administered by BMG Publishing Ltd.
By Arrangement with Past Perfect Vintage Music Ltd.
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A wonderful film that goes for substance over style.
19 September 2002 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see this film at the Toronto Film Festival and talk briefly with the Director afterwards.

"The Heart of Me" is a period piece set in London during the 1930s and 40s. It is a European-style film that takes the time to give exposition and background to the characters. It builds slowly and chooses substance over style. The mood is somber and much of the lighting and colour scheme reflects this in a similar manner to the Crow.

It is a drama with a few moments of levity. The three main leads are excellent. Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams play sisters. Helena's character begins to fall in love with her brother-in-law played by Paul Bettany and they have an affair.

I was pleasantly surprised by Paul's acting. I've only seen him before in "A Knight's Tale" and "A Beautiful Mind" where he has played light-hearted best friend characters. His performance here was understated, subdued, and a change of pace from what I had previously seen. I didn't think he was capable of going head to head with Helena but he was.

If you like Merchant and Ivory films, then I think you would like this. It has the same feel as "Howard's End" and "Remains of the Day".


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