The Deep Blue Sea is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Terence Davies and starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, and Simon Russell Beale. It is an adaptation of the 1952Terence Rattigan play and a remake of the 1955 film of the same name about the wife of a judge who engages in an affair with a former RAF pilot. This film version is funded by the UK Film Council and Film4, produced by Sean O'Connor and Kate Ogborn.
Filming began in late 2010 and it was released in the United Kingdom in 2011, the year of Rattigan's centenary. It was released in the United States in 2012 by distributor Music Box Films.
In 1950, Hester Collyer, the younger wife of High Court judge Sir William Collyer, has embarked on a passionate affair with Freddie Page, a handsome young former RAF pilot troubled by his memories of the Second World War. Freddie throws Hester's life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. For Freddie, that tumultuous mix of fear and excitement that was once in his life seems to be no longer present.
The majority of the film takes place during one day in Hester's flat, a day on which she has decided to commit suicide. Her attempt fails and as she recovers, the story of her affair and her married life is played out in a mosaic of short and sporadic flashbacks. We soon discover the constraints of Hester's comfortable marriage, which is affectionate but without sexual passion.
As Hester's affair is discovered she leaves her life of comparative luxury and moves into a small dingy London flat with Freddie. Hester's new lover has awakened her sexuality, but the reckless, thrill-seeking Freddie can never give her the love and stability that her husband gave her. Yet to return to a life without passion would be unbearable. The film takes its title from her dilemma of being caught between the Devil and the deep blue sea – two equally undesirable situations.
- Rachel Weisz as Hester Collyer
- Tom Hiddleston as Freddie Page
- Simon Russell Beale as Sir William Collyer
- Harry Hadden-Paton as Jackie Jackson
- Ann Mitchell as Mrs Elton
- Sarah Kants as Liz Jackson
- Karl Johnson as Mr. Miller
- Barbara Jefford as Collyer's mother
- Oliver Ford Davies as Hester's father
The film received positive reviews from critics. At Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 78%, based on 130 reviews and an average rating of 6.1/10. It also has a score of 82 on Metacritic based on 30 reviews.
In December 2012, Weisz was nominated as Best Actress in the 70th Golden Globe Awards. The film was also chosen as one of the Top Ten films of the year by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. The film has found a largely appreciative audience and critical success in the United States with Weisz's performance named as 'film performance of 2012' by David Edelstein of New York Magazine.
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome|
|55th BFI London Film Festival||12–27 October 2011||Best Film||The Deep Blue Sea||Nominated|
|39th Evening Standard British Film Awards||6 February 2012||Best Actress||Rachel Weisz||Nominated|
|33rd London Film Critics' Circle||19 January 2012||British Actress of the Year||Rachel Weisz||Nominated|
|Supporting Actor of the Year||Simon Russell Beale||Nominated|
|2012 New York Film Critics Circle Awards||3 December 2012||Best Actress||Rachel Weisz||Won|
|70th Golden Globe Awards||13 January 2013||Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama||Rachel Weisz||Nominated|