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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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Crazy Credits

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 wonderful film that goes for substance over style.
19 September 2002 | by Proud_CanadianSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see this film at the Toronto Film Festival and talk briefly with the Director afterwards.

"The Heart of Me" is a period piece set in London during the 1930s and 40s. It is a European-style film that takes the time to give exposition and background to the characters. It builds slowly and chooses substance over style. The mood is somber and much of the lighting and colour scheme reflects this in a similar manner to the Crow.

It is a drama with a few moments of levity. The three main leads are excellent. Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams play sisters. Helena's character begins to fall in love with her brother-in-law played by Paul Bettany and they have an affair.

I was pleasantly surprised by Paul's acting. I've only seen him before in "A Knight's Tale" and "A Beautiful Mind" where he has played light-hearted best friend characters. His performance here was understated, subdued, and a change of pace from what I had previously seen. I didn't think he was capable of going head to head with Helena but he was.

If you like Merchant and Ivory films, then I think you would like this. It has the same feel as "Howard's End" and "Remains of the Day".


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