The End of the Affair (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Neil Jordan has good direction with solid performances from Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore.

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On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his own jealousy and arranges to have her followed. As the investigation progresses, we learn the reason for their separation. During a bombing raid, Sarah struck a bargain with God to sacrifice their relationship-in exchange for Bendrix's life. When Bendrix reappears in her life, Sarah realizes that her promise to God has become impossible for her to keep. She is placed in a spiritual dilemma as she struggles with her continuing love for her former lover in the face of the realization that she is fatally ill.
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R (for scenes of strong sexuality)
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Drama , Romance
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Cast

Ralph Fiennes
as Maurice Bendrix
Julianne Moore
as Sarah Miles
Stephen Rea
as Henry Miles
Jason Isaacs
as Father Smythe
Ian Hart
as Mr. Parkis
James Bolam
as Mr. Savage
Heather Jay Jones
as Henry's Maid
Deborah Findlay
as Miss Smythe
Nicholas Hewetson
as Chief Warden
Cyril Shaps
as Waiter
Simon Turner
as Doctor Gilbert
Penny Morrell
as Bendrix's Landlady
Sam Bould
as Lance Parkis
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Critic Reviews for The End of the Affair

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (16)

For all its obvious psychoanalytic implications, [Jordan's] wacky romantic triangle lost me long before it crawled to its spiritualist conclusion.

December 31, 1999
Village Voice
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This is the kind of movie in which even the sex scenes are soulless.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

The characters are so unsympathetic, the adulterous love affair at the heart of the story so joyless, and the three main performances so mannered that it's hard to feel anything but disappointment and boredom.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

Guaranteed to be mistaken for a first-rate picture.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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An effective love story that's intensely old-fashioned.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
CNN.com
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Handsomely mounted, literate, emotionally sophisticated, The End of the Affair has everything a period romance should have.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The End of the Affair

½

Based on a novel by Graham Greene, this is a romantic drama set during World War II that is in many ways a standard love triangle involving a guy, his best friend, and the best friend's wife. There's lies, deception, and a torrid affair. Some of this is compelling, but overall the basic plot isn't all that unique or interesting, and this isn't the best variation on a theme. However, the period details, costumes, sets, etc are well done, and the acting is what ultimately makes this a good film worth watching. Stephen Rea is good as the nervous, henecked husband, Ralph Fiennes is great as the stuffy 40s intellectual madly in love with his friend's wife, and Julianne Moore is sublime as the wife, giving a very nuanced performance. It's also a plus that this is one of several films where she shows her willingness to do love scenes and show the goods, especially a memorabele scene where bombs literally go off during the heat of the moment. All in all, this is a fine enough period drama, even if it's not the most compelling or memorable. Neil jordan knows how to stage these things, and the acting is ultiamtely what makes it worth a recommendation.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

Or as I like to call this movie; GROPE. lol I absolutely adore RALPH FIENNES. But i just didnt really find myself enjoying this movie that much.. Julianne Moores character seems almost too self-pitying and whinny as some points. In this movie I actually thought that the actor that stood out the most for me was Stephen Rea. He was quite good. Never bitter or hating as you would expect a man in his position would be. Very well acted. All in all i dont really think I would watch this movie again, not even for Ralph. Near the end when we find out WHY Moores Character broke of the relationship, i just thought it was rediculous!! Very unbelieveable...

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

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Good period detail but dull

jay nixon
jay nixon

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