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Dangerous passions and explosive drama in The End Of The Affair

Neil Jordan's film output hasn't been for everyone. Some see Mona Lisa as hackneyed small scale gangsterism, The Company Of Wolves as unscary fantasy horror, while The Crying Game may well be the most over-rated movie of the 905. Then, there are the likes of We’re No Angels and High Spirits for which few words exist to describe the horror in their viewing. For those of us taking that standpoint, The End Of The Affair comes as a

welcome and revelatory delight.

Starring the glacial Julianne Moore and the stony Ralph Fiennes, their dual coldness thaws to light up a story which, in less confident hands, could have fallen on its angst-ridden arse. Based on the semi-autobiographical Graham Greene novel, the pair play Sarah Miles and Maurice Bendrix, star-crossed lovers if ever you saw them, while Jordan regular Stephen Rea, plays the wronged yet deeply unsympathetic husband.

Throw in an uncharacteristically subtle performance from Ian Hart as the private detective steadily drawn into their dangerously passionate world, and another melting Michael Nyman score, and you have both the makings

and the delivery of a minor classic.

The End Of The Affair all turns on one dramatically explosive moment which comes out of nowhere and will leave you breathless as the truth about it becomes clearer. It's also gratifying to know that someone can still turn out fine art on the back of an average track record. (Brian Donaldson) Available for video rental from Mon 27 Aug on Columbia Tristar.



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