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Release Date:
27 August 2008 (UK) See more »
Attraction. Temptation. Addiction.
A recovering alcoholic becomes involved with his boss's wife, a former cocaine addict. | Add synopsis »
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Uma Thurman ... Elsa Quinn

Jonathan Pryce ... Victor Quinn

Paddy Considine ... Paul Peplow
Sara Powell ... Maxine

Veronica Quilligan ... Finnoula
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mat Curtis ... AA Member (uncredited)
Neg Dupree ... Frank (uncredited)
Helen Mallon ... Alley Girl (uncredited)
Lisa McDonald ... Lady in Toilet (uncredited)

Olivia Poulet ... Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Page 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Hare  play and screenplay

Produced by
Jenne Casarotto .... executive producer
Frank Doelger .... producer
Fleur Fontaine .... associate producer
Robert Fox .... executive producer
Lee Morris .... producer
Tracey Scoffield .... producer
Jonathan Stern .... line producer
Original Music by
Simon Boswell (music by)
Cinematography by
Brian Tufano (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Scott 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Luciana Arrighi 
Art Direction by
Tony Woollard 
Set Decoration by
Joanne Woollard 
Costume Design by
Anna Bingemann 
Jane Robinson 
Production Management
Phil Brown .... post-production supervisor
Mark L. Mitchell .... post production executive
Monique Mussell .... production manager
Bobby Prince .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vicki Allen .... second assistant director
Philip Ball .... third assistant director
Paul Bennett .... second assistant director: second unit
Finn McGrath .... first assistant director
Laura Windebank .... third assistant director
Art Department
Catherine Byrne .... stand-by art director
Harriet Orman .... production buyer
Sound Department
Alistair Crocker .... production sound mixer
Nick Foley .... adr mixer
James Harbour .... daily sound mixer
James Harbour .... sound maintenance
Hugo Jeffreys .... adr recordist
Chips Paul .... foley editor
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Rob Saunders .... sound assistant
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Chris Gurney .... daily boom operator (uncredited)
Christopher Wilson .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kris Anderson .... digital compositor
Phil Ashton .... digital colourist
Steven Bray .... digital compositor
Richard Graham .... visual effects producer
Charlotte Gray .... digital restoration artist
Thomas M. Horton .... visual effects executive producer
Stephanie C. Kelly .... digital compositor
Rick Leach .... digital compositor
Joe Pavlo .... lead digital artist
Natalie Stopford .... visual effects line producer
Ben Turner .... digital compositor
Audrius Urbonavicius .... digital matte artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Crowe .... grip assistant
Camilla Drennan .... additional clapper loader
Brian Fawcett .... electrician
James Foster .... second assistant camera
Jonathan Harvey .... director of photography: second unit
Jem Morton .... key grip
Gary Nolan .... gaffer
Jennie Paddon .... first assistant camera
James Perry .... central loader
Ang Richards .... second assistant camera: dailies
Mike Scott .... Steadicam operator
Mike Scott .... camera operator: "a" camera
Martyn Welland .... best boy
Casting Department
Robert Sterne .... casting assistant
Rose Wicksteed .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Bingemann .... additional costumes
Amy Brown .... costume assistant
Joseph La Corte .... costumer to Ms. Thurman
Ann Maskrey .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Alex Anstey .... first assistant editor
Matthew Benns .... digital intermediate data manager
Paul Ensby .... digital color timer
Bejhan Kalantar .... post-production coordinator
Todd Kleparski .... digital intermediate producer
Lisa-Anne Morris .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor
Terry Davies .... orchestrator
Graham Sutton .... music editor
Bruce White .... viola
Transportation Department
Stephen Lawrence .... driver: Paddy Considine
Lol Smith .... driver: cast
Other crew
Annie Barclay .... assistant production coordinator
Matt Curtis .... title designer
Emily Hobbs .... production assistant
Joel Holmes .... location manager
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Billy Pegg .... location assistant
Penelope Robinson .... production accountant
Jayne Spooner .... script supervisor (2008)
Camilla Stephenson .... location manager
Neil Ferris .... floor runner: additional photography:reshoots (uncredited)
Justin Wolfe .... assistant to producer (uncredited)

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USA:75 min (DVD version) | Norway:73 min (approx.)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Victor Quinn:People say to me, "You're so lucky. You had faith." But Stalin had faith. Hitler had faith. Would it be wonderful to believe in the virgin birth? I don't think so. Or that trees speak to you? Wouldn't that just mean you were mad? Faith's not valuable, not in itself. It's what you have faith in that matters.See more »


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Missed potential as the failure to engage hurts it deeply, 28 October 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

I missed this when it was on BBC2 last year because I forgot to set the video, or rather I messed up setting the video and recorded something else instead. It took till recently to get the chance to see it again and so I did. The film is based on a play about addiction and sees recovering alcoholic and poet Paul Peplow interviewing millionaire businessman Victor Quinn. The interview is a flop but it leads Victor to employ Paul in a job that Paul quickly learns is unimportant and not something he is suited for. As with the interview, Victor continues to needle Paul about his addiction and his supposed cure. Later Paul meets Victor's wife Elsa, herself a former addict, and the two fall for one another behind the back of this powerful man.

Although I have not done a particularly good job of capturing it, this film did sound interesting to me and the cast especially seemed to offer much. At times the film appeared to be hitting this potential, with the tightly scripted and fast-paced dialogue that reminded me of David Mamet. Certainly the subject appeared to be of interest but yet somehow I found myself more interested in the occasionally pattern of speech rather than the characters or what was going on. In essence the subject of addiction and desire appears to be being discussed while also running it through the narrative but in reality it doesn't ever make it work as a discussion or a theme because it never feels real and never convinced me as a viewer to the point where I would have cared. We never really understand the motivations of the characters or the relationships between them – everything happens to fast or without any real reason, whether it is the probing/tempting of Paul by Vince or the sudden love between Paul and Elsa. This sort of atmosphere continues until the film reaches an end, which itself is quit unsatisfactory.

This is not to take anything away from the performances though because they are roundly good and it is only the material that lets them down. Considine, Pryce and even Thurman all play their parts well and they deal well with the pace of the dialogue. In each of them there is enough to suggest to me that they knew their characters and understood what was happening behind and beyond the words – however this is not something that they are able to bring to the screen and, as such, the film still struggles even though it has an impressive trio in what is essentially a three-hander.

It is a shame because the quality appears to be there and the potential is certainly there but the film cannot make it work. Maybe I would feel the same about the play, I'm not sure and may never know but certainly here nothing really ever rang true for me and the "discussion" in and around the nature of addiction wasn't strong or interesting enough to engage me, mainly because of the lack of any sort of clarity or focal point. Interesting for the flow of dialogue but flawed as a film.

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