Tom & Viv Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ February 3, 2014
This is a biopic of the life of poet T.S. Eliot (Tom) and Vivian Haigh-Wood, and their lives together. There are just so many things that deter excitement when it comes to this film, though their real relationship was rather bitter and caustic, which usually makes for decent biopics. The events of their lives have been analyzed by countless historians and there are two conflicting stories: one that Haigh-Wood was mentally insane and was sent away to an institution, which has been pretty accepted throughout time, and two, that Haigh-Wood was made insane by a misdiagnosis and sentenced to an asylum for the rest of her life, imprisoned by her husband and to a lesser extent by her brother. The latter is the now proven truth, and makes up the film's structure. Now, watching the actual film, you are not given that impression, because Eliot seems to be sympathized with. Throughout the film we see Haigh-Wood's declining health, her errant behavior, loud outbursts and crude language and actions. Eliot is shown to be soft spoken, reserved, and inclined to finally be part of the literary community, while Haigh-Wood is raucous and seems to be trying to oust her husband. She is supposed to be a free spirit, but that's not how it comes across. Eliot obviously wants to be respected with his poetry, and though he is shown to go to extreme lengths to do it, he doesn't tell Vivian to shut up, to take more medication, or threatens her in any way. The film shows that he plots to stick her away, and freezes her assets, making her a prisoner. This seems strange since he could have just divorced her, and though this may be the truth, it's not presented very clearly. A lot of stuff gets muddled in translation and then it ends abruptly. Even if it were truthful, it wouldn't make any sense, between the subdued murmur of Willem Dafoe and the shrill yells of Miranda Richardson.
Super Reviewer
June 10, 2008
An great film. An amazing cast. A tragic love story.
Super Reviewer
½ May 8, 2014
Sometimes biopics get lost and this is another prime example of one. Eliot's charm on the page is not translated into an interesting character despite the best efforts of Dafoe.
Super Reviewer
½ January 31, 2008
January 26, 2012
Not an easy drama to enjoy or understand, but well made all the same. Defoe is uneven though, and that is the real weakness in an otherwise fine film.
November 23, 2007
As an Eliot fan, my favorite scene is where Tom & Viv are doing a reading of a then incomplete version of "The Waste Land."
June 10, 2007
vivienne basically gets locked away for having pms long before anyone knew what pms was. but it's still a good watch.
June 11, 2013
Depressing. Dafoe is wooden (though perhaps Eliot was, too). Didn't finish watching it.
½ February 28, 2005
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[color=black][font='Book Antiqua'] I caught this movie on cable last week called, "Tom & Viv". I thought it was pretty well written and the cast did a good job. "Tom & Viv" is about T.S. Elliot's marriage to writer Vivian Haighwood. This movie is also about their stormy marriage and how it became so stormy. "Tom & Viv" is also how metal health was dealt with during the early part of the twenty century. It was interesting movie but I wouldn't suggest "Tom & Viv" everyone. Although "Tom & Viv" was well written but I think the film makers could have touched on some other issues as well. Please see what you think.[/font][/color][color=#000033][font='Book Antiqua'][/font][/color]

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May 15, 2004
Very good movie, touching story, teriffic performances by William Defoe and Miranda Richardson.
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