Personal Affair

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"It was too late to run!"
  • Approved
  • 1953
  • 1 hr 22 min
  • 6.5  (607)

Personal Affair is a captivating drama film from 1953 that revolves around a love triangle between a schoolteacher, her husband, and her student. The movie stars Gene Tierney as Leonora Vail, a married schoolteacher who falls in love with her troubled student, 13-year-old Nicholas (played by Glynis Johns). Leo Genn plays the role of Charles Vail, Leonora's husband, who is an ambitious school inspector.

The film starts with Nicholas' father committing suicide, which results in Nicholas becoming a problematic student. Leonora takes an interest in Nicholas, tries to understand him and gradually develops an emotional bond with him. It becomes evident that Leonora, who is lonely in her marriage, has given some thought to having an affair with Nicholas. However, their relationship is entirely platonic, and their interactions are always innocent.

The tension begins to mount when one of Leonora's colleagues at school discovers the two together and reports it to Charles. Charles, who is ambitious and self-centered, sees this as an opportunity to advance in his career by using the situation to his advantage. He calls for an inquiry, hoping to get rid of Leonora, and ultimately enhance his image.

As the inquiry continues, the Vail household is turned upside down as Charles and Leonora's marriage comes under intense scrutiny, and their secrets are brought out into the open. Leonora's friendship with Nicholas is closely examined, and the question of whether any inappropriate behavior has taken place is raised. Meanwhile, Leonora tries to do what's best for Nicholas, whom she views as a sensitive and vulnerable child despite his troubled demeanor.

The film does an excellent job of provoking the viewer to analyze the motives and the nature of relationships between characters. Gene Tierney's fascinating portrayal of Leonora's character is one of the highlights of this movie, as she effectively communicates Leonora's internal conflict and struggles with morality.

The cinematography in Personal Affair is noteworthy as well. The film captures the mood and emotions of the characters in a way that is visually stimulating. As the audience watches the Vail's marriage unravel, they also see a reflection of society's views on relationships and morals at the time.

The movie's climax is gripping and emotionally charged, causing the audience to experience a mix of emotions as the story reaches its conclusion. The ending leaves the viewer with an ambiguous feeling, letting them decide which character's behavior was justified and who did what was right. The film does an excellent job of exploring the consequences of a personal affair, the importance of maintaining boundaries, and the dangers of blurring the lines between teacher and student.

In conclusion, Personal Affair is a classic movie that is not to be missed by fans of drama and romance movies. The performances of the three main actors are excellent, and the storyline is unique and intriguing. The film's overall quality is a testament to the Golden Age of Hollywood and its ability to produce classic movies that stand the test of time.

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    1 hr 22 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (607)