The Edge of Love

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Released 2008

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Director:
John Maybury
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
The Edge of Love is a 2008 period romance from Capitol Films. Taking place amidst World War II across London and Wales, the picture examines the complicated relations between four true to life characters: the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (played by Welsh actor Matthew Rhys abandoning his American accent from the US television series "Brothers And Sisters"), his Irish wife Caitlin MacNamara (British actress Sienna Miller, Layer Cake, Cassanova, Alfie, Stardust, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Factory Goal), his first love Vera Phillips (another British actress Keira Knightley, Pirates of the Caribbean, King Arthur, Bend It Like Beckham, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) and Vera's husband the British soldier Captain William Killick (Irish actor Cillian Murphy, Batman Begins, Red Eye, 28 Days Later, The Dark Knight). Many of the incidents represented are a matter of record but other occurrences are simply speculation on the part of screenwriter Sharman Macdonald (Knightley's mother).

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  • 50

    Variety

    While the period drama has several redeeming features, tonally it's all over the map, veering between artsy stylization and hum-drum, sometimes almost twee melodrama.

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The story here, plucked from Thomas's life and embellished, proves almost entirely devoid of interest.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Sometimes glossy, sometimes hard-edged, the film alternates between glitz and unpleasantness and ends as a kind of glum soap opera, too glam to be bleak and too bleak to be so glam.

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