Once upon a time there were two people in love, their names were Nina and Jamie. They were even happy enough to be able to live happily ever after, (not often the case) and then Jamie died. Nina is left with a house full of rats and handymen, a job teaching foreigners English and an ache that fills the night sky.Written by
The film was deemed a success. With the acting talents of Rickman and Stevenson put together and the idea that the movie carried this much meaning it wasn't too much of a surprise that it would be called successful. The only part that might have hurt it's success is that it didn't come out to a wider audience. See more »
[shows up at Nina's apartment with flowers]
I make decision. We go to Paris. Make love for one week.
Oh, Titus. You're fab. You're so sweet.
[face falls when he shows her tickets]
Oh, dear. Titus, I can't go to Paris with you.
You do not like Paris? You don't want to make love?
For a week? Oh, no, no, no.
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Skrwawione Serce (Bleeding Heart)
Traditional Polish folk song See more »
touching portrait of a real relationship
This is a beautiful little movie. Juliet Stevenson (as Nina) plays one of the most authentic female leads I've ever seen: She bawls full-out, complete with fluids; she looks like a man in bad lighting; she's passive aggressive and irritable and loveable and likeable and real. Likewise, Alan Rickman's character, Jamie, is peevish, like all of us, self-centered, like all of us, but beautiful and unique and again, real. Unlike the schmaltz we're fed here in the states, where dialogue consists of rehearsed speeches (think Jerry Maguire) and love seems skin-deep, this is a couple that seems not only to love each other but to genuinely like each other; a couple that has their own language, as long-term couples do (and it's not translated, which is so refreshing), a couple that can be silly with each other and irritated with each other within minutes; that can have spats that are not high drama or the beginning of the end or anything other than the end of a long day in a too-hot apartment. The ending broke my heart yet seemed like the most natural and right course of action. Truly stunning.
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