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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 1999
Unlike Mr. Maltin, I did not find this movie 'sluggish' in the least! Perhaps by todays standards it is, what without buildings exploding every other scene....or fast action car races and deadly swift thrill kill rides.
In spite the 'sluggish' pace of the movie, I found it profoundly moving. (No pun intended of course) I am a romantic though. I couldn't help but feel empathy toward the young Amy Foster, outcast and object of derision. Amy with her treasures from the sea. The love story is sweet, with a bitter twist. Tragedy even touches 'the lucky ones'.
Beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted, this movie is definately worth any romantics time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"It struck me that Amy Foster was one of the greatest love stories ever told, except that the love story itself had been left out." --- Tom Willocks (Screenwriter)

This magnificent film based on Joseph Conrad's 'Amy Foster' is filled with the timeless grace of classic literature. The Cornwall English coast has never been so beautifully photographed as it is here in this story of two hearts saving each other from a life of loneliness.

Director Beeban Kidron uses Rachel Weisz's open and beautiful face to marvelous effect, and Weisz brilliantly conveys the accumulated hurt and resolve of a girl who has lived her entire life deprived of love. Amy Foster is burdened with a father who resents her for the marriage her arrival into the world forced him into, and a mother who withholds her love because of a much deeper shame of which Amy is unaware. Amy counters their unkindness with a silence that seems strange to those around her, making her an outcast, and casts her heart upon the sea in the hopes it will be reborn.

This exquisitely beautiful work of art begins when the sole survivor of a shipwreck, a Russian unable to communicate with those around him, washes ashore. He is treated in the same manner as Amy by the entire village, and their hearts connect instantly. A deeply moving yet simple act of human kindness when she washes his feet and offers him bread is never to be forgotten, setting the tone for the entire film. Vincent Perez gives a perfect performance as the stranger who is lost and helpless in a foreign land. For Amy it is as if the sea she so dearly loves has felt her hurt and brought to her the love she has been denied. Ian McKellan and Kathy Bates also lend depth to this tender and tragic tale revolving around the sea.

Screenwriter Tom Willocks turned Conrad's rather cold story inside out, imbuing in it the romance it was lacking. Directed with sensitivity in a less is more school of filmmaking, Beeban Kidron does a beautiful job in the rendering of this tale. The viewer is left with much the same feeling one gets after turning the final page in a work of timeless literature. A lovely film which will linger in the heart long after the credits roll, this deeply romantic rendering, laced with tenderness, will be loved by all in possession of a romantic heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 12, 2005
This magnificent film based on Joseph Conrad's 'Amy Foster' is filled with the timeless grace of classic literature. The Cornwall English coast has never been so beautifully photographed as it is here in this story of two hearts saving each other from a life of loneliness.

Rachel Weisz uses her open and beautiful face to marvelous effect, conveying the accumulated hurt and resolve of a girl who has lived her entire life deprived of love. Her father resents her for the marriage her arrival into the world forced him into and her mother witholds her love because of a much deeper shame Amy is unaware of. Amy counters their unkindness with a silence that seems strange to those around her and casts her heart upon the sea, waiting for it to be reborn.

When the sole survivor of a shipwreck washes ashore and is treated in the same manner as Amy because he is Russian and can not communicate with those around him, their hearts connect instantly. A deeply moving yet simple act of human kindness when she washes his feet and offers him bread is never to be forgotten, setting the tone for the entire film.

Vincent Perez gives a perfect performance as the Russian stranger who is lost and helpless in a foreign land. It is as if the sea Amy so dearly loves has felt her hurt and brought her love. Ian McKellan and Kathy Bates also lend depth to this tender and tragic tale revolving around the sea.

This film will leave you with the feeling you get upon finishing a classic book, knowing it will linger long afterward in your heart and mind. It is a deeply romantic film, spare and beautiful, laced with tenderness and love. Do not, under any circumstances, miss this fine film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 1999
This movie is the type that you are glad to see, because it is seldom that a story is the main ingredient in a movie. The acting was terrific and the leads, though unknown, do great work. I am a guy, and if this is considered a 'chick flick', then I've been buying the wrong movies, cause this one is a keeper.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The story idea in "Swept from the Sea" is a very good one. I also liked the fact that there is actually a film out there where we didn't have to witness vivid sex scenes and endure filthy language. I thought that the actors were all very good. However, if I had written the story, I would have spent more time dwelling on Amy and Yanko first realizing how deep their feelings were. I thought that part moved too fast. The "eyes meeting" or "sparks flying from just a little touch" parts were too few and far between. But, overall I would say it was good.
The music is absolutely beautiful! John Barry is a genious in bringing on emotion with music. One of my all time favorite movie scores is from "Somewhere in Time", which he also composed. The "Swept from the Sea" soundtrack is now another of my favorites.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2001
I don't know why this didn't make it into the theatres or why the critics didn't like this movie. This movie is the best romance movie besides Splendor in the Grass. I love this movie and you should too.
This movie takes place in Cornwall, England in the 19th century. It's about a misunderstood, outcast Amy Foster (Rachel Weisz) who is a servant that is in love with the sea because no one else will love her until a stormy night that brings a Ukrainian man, Yanko (Vincent Perez)to her. He is also a outcast and is considered a lunitic because he is not English or can not speak it until the town's doctor, Kennedy(Ian McKellan) teaches him it...but still he is not liked. Yanko and Amy fall in love and marry and this movie has a beautiful and heartwrenching ending that I won't spoil. There is some beautiful scenery and a great story based upon Joseph Conrad's short story. I really love this movie and can watch it over and over...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2000
I was dissapointed to learn that critics hated this film. I finally rented it, and had to watch it over and over. It's truly amazing. Rachel Weisz, so adorable in The Mummy, gives such an affecting performance, probably due to the fact that she hardly utters a word, and her un-earthly beauty speaks enough for itself. Vincent Perez, outstanding in the French film Queen Margot, portrays Yanko, the Russian shipwrecked in Cornwall, who finds a soul mate in Amy. Perez also has a language barrier to cross in this film, and he is just superb. If you've ever felt like the outcast, or ever been in love, do see this movie. It's an exceptional piece of work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 1999
"Swept From the Sea" goes beyond being a love story. It shows the plight of two very human individuals, who, luckily, find love from each other amidst the prejudice and scorn of their surrounding society. Newcomer Rachel Weisz plays Conrad's Amy Foster extremely well with a needed unearthly quality. Perez is near brilliance in his portrayl of Russian shipwreck survivor, Yanko. With his character's language barrier-- limited to only his expressions and gutteral delivery, Perez gives a heartwrenching performance. The film captures the Irish countryside in its amazing cinematography. It's an instant classic!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2005
When I originally rented this film, I had not heard of it before. I am so glad I picked it up, as I immediately fell in love with this movie. The acting is terrific, and the film has one of the most touching moments on screen that I have ever seen. A must see, definetly!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2008
The official Amazon review of Swept from The Sea has some egregious errors that should be corrected, if merely for product representation. The review states that Yanko is a Polish salior who is considered retarded by the people of Kent. While in the Conrad's short story, Amy Foster, Yanko is a Polish salior, in the film, Yanko is a Russian highlander, who boards an immigrant ship bound for America. Also, neither in the short story nor the film is Yanko considered retarded, he is considered a madman.
However, I love this film, it has been a favorite of mine since it was released 10 years ago. It was my introduction to Rachel Weisz, who captivates in a largely silent role with heart wrenching expressions and just a pure, commanding presence. This was also my introduction to Vincent Perez, who creates a great chemistry with Weisz, the earthly Yanko managing to touch and forever hold on to, the ethereal Amy, even in death. If you are looking for a romantic film with substance, Swept from The Sea is it.
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