The End of the Affair

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"The end was just the beginning."
  • R
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 7.0  (23,848)
  • 65

Set against the backdrop of World War II in London, "The End of the Affair" is a period drama directed by Neil Jordan and starring Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, and Stephen Rea. Based on a novel by Graham Greene, the film follows the passionate love affair between Maurice Bendrix (Fiennes), a writer who is recovering from a bombing raid, and Sarah Miles (Moore), the beautiful wife of a government official, Henry Miles (Rea).

The story begins in 1946, when Bendrix runs into Henry Miles in a park and learns that Sarah has abruptly ended their affair. Saddened and confused, Bendrix hires a private detective to uncover the truth about Sarah's actions, and soon discovers that she has become deeply religious and has made a vow to God to end her relationship with him.

As Bendrix grapples with his feelings of rejection and betrayal, the film unfolds through a series of flashbacks that reveal the passionate intensity and emotional turmoil of his love affair with Sarah. Despite the fact that she is married, Sarah is unable to resist Bendrix's charm and intellect, and they embark on a torrid affair fueled by desire and longing.

However, their relationship is complicated by Sarah's strong religious beliefs and her sense of guilt over betraying her husband. As the war rages on and the air raids intensify, Bendrix and Sarah's affair becomes fraught with danger and uncertainty, as they struggle to keep their love alive amidst the chaos and destruction of the Blitz.

Throughout the film, the three main characters are forced to confront their deepest fears and desires, as they grapple with questions of faith, love, and morality. Fiennes delivers a powerful performance as the tortured Bendrix, while Moore captures the complex emotions of Sarah with sensitivity and nuance. Rea rounds out the cast with his portrayal of Henry, a quiet, reserved man who is deeply devoted to his wife.

"The End of the Affair" is a moving and poignant exploration of love, loss, faith, and redemption, set against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent periods in British history. With its stunning cinematography, atmospheric score, and powerful performances, it is a haunting and unforgettable film that will continue to resonate with audiences long after the credits roll.

The End of the Affair is a 1999 romance movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0 and a MetaScore of 65.

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