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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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"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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on September 27, 2011
I remember seeing the trailers to a movie; a love story but there was so little publicity for the movie I could never remember the name of it and so it faded into oblivion. Occasionally I would remember something about a movie that looked really interesting; something in England and something to do with the sea. Thank goodness Amazon recommends other movies and I finally found the movie I had been obsessed with finding. "Swept From the Sea" was the movie! What a beautiful and tragic love story. Like a dark fairy tale or a British Romeo and Juliet but instead of family members tearing them apart fate and misunderstanding separated the lovers. Sad but worth the tears to experience perfection.
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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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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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on June 1, 2011
A realistic story that captures the emotions brilliantly...the frustration of the protagonist in not understanding another language, his childlike expressions of happiness, and of course the love he eventually shares with wife and child. The story seems fresh and new even though infused with age old elements of fear, misunderstandings and other human frailties, and also of friendship, loyalty and love.

The viewer is left to fill in spots in the story and there are some weak points but overall this is a winner.
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on August 8, 2001
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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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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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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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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