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USA: Paramount Classics
UK: Pathe Distribution
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln, Helen McCrory, Susan Lynch, Alexandra Aitken, Aoife Carroll, Rory Carroll, Ella Doyle, Roger Frost, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jeremy McCurdie, Rosie Michell, Corin Redgrave, Amanda Root, Justin Salinger, Lee Sheward Bill Weston, Ben Whishaw Nick Wilkinson
Director: Roger Michell
USA & UK: 101 mins
USA Rated: R for language, some violence and a disturbing image
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, violence and psychological menace
USA Release Date: 29 October 2004 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 26 November 2004
Joe (Daniel Craig) has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside with his partner, Claire (Samantha Morton). But as Joe and Claire prepare to open a bottle of champagne, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. A hot air balloon drifts into the field, obviously in trouble. The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope, while the only passenger, a boy, is too scared to jump down. Joe and three other men rush to secure the basket. Just as they secure the balloon, the wind rushes into the field, and at once the rescuers are airborne. Joe manages to drop to the ground, as do most of his companions, but one man is lifted skywards. As Joe, Claire and the other rescuers watch this strangely beautiful sight, they see the man fall to his death.
Recalling the day's events at dinner with his friends Robin (Bill Nighy) and Rachel (Susan Lynch), Joe reveals the impact the accident has had on his battered psyche. Ironically the balloon eventually lands safely, the boy unscathed. But fate has far more unpleasant things in store for Joe. Going to retrieve the body of the fallen man with fellow rescuer Jed Parry (Rhys Ifans), for example, turns out to be a very bad move. Jed feels an instant connection with Joe - one that, as the weeks go by, becomes ever more intense.
Claire is initially supportive of Joe's shocked response to the accident, but his growing obsession with the cause of the accident - and his potential guilt about what happened to the dead man, strains their relationship to breaking point. And as Jed becomes ever more intrusive, effectively stalking Joe, Joe's world seems dangerously on the verge of collapse.
Eventually, Joe's research leads him to discover that Jed is suffering from De Clerembault's syndrome - an obsessive form of amorous delusion that usually leads to violence. And as events draw to their inexorable conclusion, the question becomes not just about the survival of Joe and Claire's relationship, but their lives as well.
ENDURING LOVE, a taut psychological thriller about love based on the novel by Ian McEwan and written for the screen by Joe Penhall, was filmed on location in and around London and the Chilterns from September 16 to November 21 2003.
Daniel Craig was recently seen as the male lead in Roger Michell's THE MOTHER and has also starred in SYLVIA, and ROAD TO PERDITION. Rhys Ifans starred in Michell's box office smash NOTTING HILL, with his other films including THE SHIPPING NEWS and THE 51ST STATE aka FORMULA 51. Two-time Oscar® nominee Samantha Morton's (SWEET AND LOWDOWN, MINORITY REPORT, MORVERN CALLAR) most recent credits include Jim Sheridan's IN AMERICA and Michael Winterbottom's CODE 46.
DVD Aspect Ratio: 16.9
DVD Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired
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