6.7/10
2,037
25 user 39 critic

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.

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)

On Disc

at Amazon

3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An impoverished woman who has been forced to choose between a privileged life with her wealthy aunt and her journalist lover, befriends an American heiress. When she discovers the heiress is attracted to her own lover and is dying, she sees a chance to have both the privileged life she cannot give up and the lover she cannot live without.

Director: Iain Softley
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alex Jennings
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A man returns to Victoria, Australia, where he grew up, and encounters a mysterious woman who reminds him of someone he once knew.

Director: Michael Petroni
Stars: Guy Pearce, Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Curtin
Broken Lines (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two people find themselves at a crossroads after suffering severe family tragedies.

Director: Sallie Aprahamian
Stars: Paul Bettany, Olivia Williams, Dan Fredenburgh
A Merry War (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Gordon Comstock is a copywriter at an ad agency, and his girlfriend Rosemary is a designer. Gordon believes he is a genius, a marvelous poet and quits the ad agency, trying to live on his ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bierman
Stars: Richard E. Grant, Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Wadham
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a man and woman flirt with each other at a wedding reception, the sexual tension seems spontaneous. As they break from the party to a hotel room, the flirtation turns into a night filled with passion and remorse.

Director: Hans Canosa
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart, Yury Tsykun
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A lively, outspoken single mother in Edinburgh, Scotland, develops an unlikely friendship with a shy cartoonist.

Director: Coky Giedroyc
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Gina McKee, Eileen Atkins
Henry VIII (TV Movie 2003)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII.

Director: Pete Travis
Stars: Ray Winstone, Joss Ackland, Sid Mitchell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Ada and Lise are both costume designers, the first is around 20, the other around 30. Both are working hard on their break through. There are also jobs for the movies. This is where Lise ... See full summary »

Director: Martine Dugowson
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Romane Bohringer, Marie Trintignant
Lady Jane (1986)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »

Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood
The Governess (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family ... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Stars: Minnie Driver, Tom Wilkinson, Florence Hoath
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Steph, an Afrikaner, struggles with his past and heritage in the new South Africa. When his girlfriend befriends a black South African man called Vusisizwe trouble brews.

Director: Ross Kettle
Stars: Paul Bettany, Louise Lombard, Ariyon Bakare
Dead Babies (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Residents prime themselves for both a visit from three Americans and a weekend of copious decadence.

Director: William Marsh
Stars: Paul Bettany, Katy Carmichael, Hayley Carr
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Dinah
...
Madeleine
...
Rickie
...
Mrs. Burkett
...
Anthony
...
Jack
Gillian Hanna ...
Betty
...
Charles
Alison Reid ...
Bridie
Katy Maw ...
Sylvia (as Kathryn Tennant-Maw)
Rebecca Charles ...
Miss Matthews
...
Drysdale
Shaughan Seymour ...
Jeweller
Simon Day ...
Hospital Doctor
Jenny Howe ...
Nurse
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Every pleasure has a price... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

2 May 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Meu Amor, Minha Perdição  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£52,466 (UK) (2 May 2003)

Gross:

$196,067 (USA) (3 October 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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
See more »

Crazy Credits

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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A moving and beautifully acted piece of real cinema
27 November 2002 | by (london, england) – See all my reviews

This film played to a packed audience at the closing night of the London Film Festival last week. The story of an upper class English man falling passionately in love with his wife's sister was so involving I completely forgot myself for the duration of the film (and from what I could see,so did the rest of the audience). It is a flawless film. Intensely moving. The complex characterisations were handled with immense integrity. One of the wonderful things about it was that during the course of the story I both liked and disliked all the characters. By the end it is impossible to judge them, only appreciate what they had gone through. A most wonderful and uplifting film. Paul Bettany is a discovery. An actor of immense subtlety who is not afraid to play a character who appears simply weak on the surface but is actually very complex. A very detailed and brave performance. Olivia Williams is transformed by the character. She plays Madeline, a woman who lives by the strict rules of her class. No emotion is allowed to get in the way of how this class organises their lives and Madeline respects that. When we see her years later in life, Williams makes us utterly believe the immense changes that she has endured. Madeline must forgive her sister Dinah for her betrayal. This seems impossible given what Madeline has endured at the hands of her sister, yet Williams makes us believe in that forgiveness. This was a great lesson to me. To see how you must move on in your life. Helena Bonham Carter is more vulnerable, sensitive and outrageous than I have ever seen her. Her character is on a knife edge. She falls passionately in love with her brother- in- law and from that moment on the film takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride that I still can't get out of my mind. The film also has one of the best scores I've heard in ages

  • romantic and tuneful without being slushy or sentimental. It's also a


ravishing looking film (maybe that's why I cant get it out of my mind) and yet the powerful images never interfere with the story but add to it all the time. Real cinema.


40 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?