|Stephen Rea and Ralph Fiennes.
Photo from the Official Web Site
I have just returned from a screening of "The End Of The
Affair." No, I did not go with anyone.
The film is based on a book by Graham Greene, author of fine
high school English class material such as The Power And The
Glory. We read that in grade 12 without much enthusiasm. That
story takes place somewhere in Latin America, somewhere hot, and
its torpor transcended the page so that we all felt tired and
listless as we read. I remember it involving a character known
chiefly as the mestizo. When I asked our teacher what
that meant, she blinked at me through thick glasses and from the
back of her throat mouthed: "Bum." A loose translation
at best, and not an encouraging introduction to Greene's work.
Seventeen years have passed since then, and to this day, I
have still not knowingly read another of Greene's novels. Having
seen this film might change my mind, not least of all because of
its complete lack of bums. It's a good story that
explores the nature of love, the contracts we make with each
other, and the bargains we strike with God.
Stephen Rea plays a Sad Man. He is here because this is a Neil
Jordan movie, and that's just fine. Ralph Fiennes is The Lover,
and Julianne Moore is The Woman. What do you need, a road map?
Figure it out for yourself.
End Of The Affair (Official Site)
The End Of The Affair