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In ENDURING LOVE, a Joe (Craig) and Claire's (Morton) romantic picnic is disrupted after a hot air balloon drifts into a field, appearing to be in trouble. Inside the balloon is a young boy and the pilot whose leg gets tangles in the anchor rope. After three men, including Joe, rush to secure the basket and try to save the two passengers, it seems they cannot rescue the pilot, who eventually falls to his death and the young boy remains unscathed. When Joe and one of the other men, Jed, go to retrieve the body of the fallen man, Jed feels an instant connection with Joe--one that, as the weeks go by, becomes ever more intense.

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  • Actors: Rhys Ifans, Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton, Bill Weston, Jeremy McCurdie
  • Directors: Roger Michell
  • Writers: Ian McEwan, Joe Penhall
  • Producers: Cameron McCracken, Duncan Reid, François Ivernel, Ian McEwan, Katie Bullock-Webster
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007R4TJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Enduring Love (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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Whenever I've heard anyone discuss "Enduring Love," or read a review of it, there's always a vivid description of the first scene involved. And, usually there's mention of how the film was a letdown - not 100% of the time, of course, but often enough to take note. And people don't just say, "I didn't like this movie." - plain and simple. They use the words "letdown," and "disappointment," as if they had been expecting so much more. I read Ian McEwan's excellent novel, upon which the movie was based, and was certainly curious to see what one of my favorite directors, Roger Michell, ("Persuasion"), had done to bring the literary work to life. I so hate being one of the crowd....but:

It's a warm, windy summer day. There's a sunny meadow, surrounded by hedgerows - all green and earth tones. A couple, Joe, (Daniel Craig), and his girlfriend, Claire (Samantha Morton), are on a picnic. As he opens a bottle of "posh" champagne, she stares over his shoulder as a beautiful red-colored helium balloon floats by, low to the ground. Then there's a shout and it seems as if the balloon is out of control, tilting oddly, dragging. The beauty of the bright red contrasted against the pastoral greens and browns is suddenly gone. One feels jarred. Joe and Claire rush toward the balloon, as do four other men who seem to come from nowhere - laborers from nearby fields, people in a passing car. The men grab on to the balloon. The pilot catches his foot and hangs from the line. The only passenger, a boy, is too afraid to release the cord or jump out. The wind picks-up and the balloon ascends, the men still holding on. As it rises, all the men let go, all but one. He manages to hang on until it's too late to drop safely.

In the span of those few moments everything changes for Joe.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vince Perrin on June 19, 2005
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Roger Michell, adapting Ian McEwan's novel, has directed three of the actors he used in the comedy "Notting Hill" in a disturbing film of psychological depth and daring, a movie for mature people who read books and hold conversations. Thus three quarters of DVD viewers will not have read "Enduring Love" and most certainly not have seen it. That's probably for the best. This quiet thriller is not for them. It subjects its characters to intricately layered themes and simply assumes we will understand them.

One (Rhys Ifans) of the men who aids a floundering hot air balloonist, causing an accidental death, begins stalking another, convinced that their shared experience has sealed a loving bond. The object of his affection, a writer and professor (Daniel Craig), ignores him as the creep he clearly is. The professor himself feels guilty, due to the death, but gets no support from the shallow sculptor he loves (Samantha Morton); she dismisses his distress, intuits his trauma but can't abide it, and asks him to leave.

That she also dismisses the danger is a source of satisfaction when she herself has a grim encounter with the stalker. Long before that, however, we have become increasingly apprehensive, held fast by the deliberate pace. The director may not be channeling Alfred Hitchcock but he certainly has seen "Vertigo" a few times. Michell's movie can be enjoyed as a thriller or a complex case study; indeed, at times it is impossible to separate the two.

McEwan (who executive produced) has had three novels turned into film, starting with "The Cement Garden" and including "The Comfort of Strangers" and "The Innocent," all with mixed artistic success and small box office.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Alistair McHarg on October 4, 2006
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Riding in a hot air balloon is completely different than all other forms of air transport, jets, helicopters, even props. Your view of the ground below is hypnotizing - it looks like a map - there's virtually no sound at all, and they're very stable. But what you notice most is the pace, hot air balloons move at such a lazy clip it's as though time itself is limitless. The entire effect is incredibly soothing.

The deliberate crawl of Enduring Love takes its cue from ballooning, as the ballooning tragedy that begins it defines what will happen. Joe, the protagonist, (played with convincing angst by Daniel Craig), is a professor who has embraced a profoundly nihilistic world view. In Jed, (brilliantly realized by Rhys Ifans), he must confront the totally other, something that falls well outside of his ability to impose rationality on the world.

As Jed throws himself into Joe's life with increasing passion, (for reasons none of us truly understand, including Jed), Joe's house of cards begins to fall. (Great to see Bill Nighy as Robin, one of Joe's friends, he is about as consistently good as an actor can be. Samantha Morton plays Joe's paramour with compelling feeling, her understated approach works much better here than it did in Code 46.) That Jed is not merely weird, but quite mad, only becomes evident incrementally. In this gradual process of revelation, Joe's own madness is forced to the surface.

Roger Michell directed Enduring Love with tremendous confidence; we drift into the inevitable conflict almost without noticing the scenery passing by. This restraint has a wonderful way of building tension and making it possible for us to care about Joe who, truth be told, is not the most charming bloke in town.
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