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The Heart of Me (2002)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  2 May 2003 (UK)
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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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Dinah
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Madeleine
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Rickie
Eleanor Bron ...
Mrs. Burkett
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Anthony
Tom Ward ...
Jack
Gillian Hanna ...
Betty
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Charles
Alison Reid ...
Bridie
Katy Maw ...
Sylvia (as Kathryn Tennant-Maw)
Rebecca Charles ...
Miss Matthews
John Rowe ...
Drysdale
Shaughan Seymour ...
Jeweller
Simon Day ...
Hospital Doctor
Jenny Howe ...
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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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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,956 (USA) (13 June 2003)

Gross:

$196,067 (USA) (3 October 2003)
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Dinah: And throughout all Eternity I forgive you, you forgive me
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In the Bleak Midwinter
(1906)
Music by Gustav Holst (as Holst) (1906)
Words (poem) by Christina Georgina Rossetti (as Rossetti) (1872)
Performed by The New London Children's Choir
Conducted by Ronald Corp
Published by Oxford University Press
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Sisters and their men
9 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beyond the beautiful photography and brilliant performances in this fine film, it brings us an intimate view into one of this life's great challenges. Having almost stepped into Ricky's shoes myself, this story clears away the fog of imagined outcomes to reveal the most essential, critical and invariable costs with their likely and possible consequences.

These three characters, the husband Ricky, the wife Madeleine, and the sister Dinah, live lives well examined, know well the agony and the ecstasy of true love, of loving without reservation, and that life is short and then we're gone forever. That true loves makes the gods jealous of our mortality.

Perhaps there is a marriage of reason, and then an affair d'amour. But there's much more than that. Ricky loves Madeleine, and then he loves Dinah. Both are wonderful, brilliant women with whom any man could be truly content and more than that, in love.

But this is their lives: this situation has much more depth than a simple love triangle, or a man lacking reason. It is the force of life, the river that runs through us when love flies. It's about choices, yes. But it's about one's life. Can Ricky choose to not love Dinah? Can he live the rest of his days not having known the outcome? How does one choose such a thing? How does one decide? That's why we need this story. To illuminate the road ahead. Is love with Dinah more than love with Madeleine? This is the question, perhaps in real life. And this story will help.

The film steps through the traversal of events in quick succession, depending on our keen understanding to comprehend what may and may not possibly be happening to each character.

On a much smaller note, in this writer's opinion this film contains one of the most beautiful images of any. A quick little profile shot of Helena Bonham Carter in profile, wearing some clown makeup. For the briefest moment, one may find one of film's finest flowers.


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