The End of the Affair
Dir/Scr: Neil Jordan
Orig novel: Graham Greene
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore,
Prod. Co: Columbia
1999 / Colour / 35mm / English / 105min
This second adaptation of English writer GrahamGreene’s novel was much neglected in Hong Kong back then. The film talks about the love between man and the world, between man and god—giving and taking, love and jealousy, possession and concession, with a script equally as impeccable as the acting.
“I don’t remember how many years ago it was, but I saw part of this film on TV. It was either in the US or Taiwan. And it struck me that it’s one of the very few works that deals with jealousy so well. I only watched a few snippets but I couldn’t forget the rancorous face of the leading woman’s husband. Recently my wish was fulfilled: I found this film on DVD and watched it in its entirety. It’s not only about jealousy towards people, but jealousy towards god as well. Besides the husband’s wrath and rancor, there’s also her lover’s wrath and rancor. I was reacquainted with the power of
The major flaw with realist and humanistic movies is that they only deal with situations; they rarely mesmerize with poetry or the mysteries of the soul. I’m moved by and long for the miracles that take place beyond lover and affair, the protagonist’s sacrifice, suffering and faith. Neil Jordan was one of the contributors to the renaissance of Irish cinema. This brings me to the question: When will Hong Kong cinema have its renaissance?”
Quoted from Chiu Kang-chien
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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