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The Heart of Me (2002)

R | | 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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Rosamond Lehmann (novel), Lucinda Coxon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Dinah / Madeleine's sister
Olivia Williams ... Madeleine / Wife
Paul Bettany ... Rickie / Husband
Eleanor Bron ... Mrs. Burkett / Madeleine and Dinah's mother
Luke Newberry ... Anthony / Madeleine and Rickie's son
Tom Ward ... Jack / Rickie's friend
Gillian Hanna Gillian Hanna ... Betty / Maid
Andrew Havill ... Charles / Dinah's fiance
Alison Reid Alison Reid ... Bridie
Katy Maw Katy Maw ... Sylvia (as Kathryn Tennant-Maw)
Rebecca Charles Rebecca Charles ... Miss Matthews
John Rowe ... Drysdale
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ... Jeweller
Simon Day Simon Day ... Hospital Doctor
Jenny Howe Jenny Howe ... Nurse
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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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Meu Amor, Minha Perdição See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£52,466 (United Kingdom), 4 May 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,956, 15 June 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$196,067, 5 October 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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
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Thanks to the residents of Fitzroy Square. See more »

Soundtracks

The Very Thought of You
(1934)
Written by Ray Noble
Performed by Al Bowlly with Ray Noble and His Orchestra
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Past Perfect Vintage Music
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a thought-provoking and challenging story
14 July 2007 | by kluismansSee all my reviews

this is the second time that i have seen this movie and it definitely lives up to repeated viewings. at heart the story maybe about an illicit affair of forbidden love, but in reality it seems much more. It lays bare the consequences of the worst betrayals of trust without apportioning blame. all three characters, Madeleine, Dinah and Ricky, are left unsatisfied and the pain that they feel makes the film challenging viewing - it is simply so sad. what i liked most about the story is its time frame, as we weave through fifteen odd years and see the story, or rather the affair through the different perspective of time - it is such a clever technique because our sympathies never rest- we switch allegiance constantly and recognise that for these three people there could be no happy resolution.

there is so much else to love about this film, i loved the way the large elegant house, appeared to take on the appearance of Madeleine's state of mind - all bright and happy in the beginning and then grey and sterile at the end.

the film does have a fault i would say, though. which is why i have given it 8. i do not like Helena Bonham carters performance. it was partly because both Olivia Williams and Paul Bettany gave such wonderful performances that hers appears forced and insincere. i think that we are meant to like Dinah and see her as colourful and vital - but i didn't believe in her portrayal. she is remarkable at expressing anguish and truly has a beautiful voice when reciting Blake, but i found her garish costumes and brazen comments, unconvincing and unnatural. she grated on me because i really needed to believe that this woman was worthy of Ricky's obsessional love and i didn't. having said that i still recommend this movie, if only really because of its deep and intelligent exploration of the different types of love.


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