Wetherby NR CC

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Jean Travers is a schoolmarm who has lived in Wetherby, a small town in northeastern Yorkshire, all of her life. She is still haunted by memories of a passionate affair with a young man who was murdered while on military duty.

Starring:
Vanessa Redgrave, Tim McInnerny
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

Wetherby

Product Details

Genres Drama, Mystery
Director David Hare
Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Tim McInnerny
Supporting actors Judi Dench, Marjorie Yates, Tom Wilkinson, Penny Downie, Brenda Hall, Marjorie Sudell, Patrick Blackwell, Joely Richardson, Robert Hines, Katy Behean, Bert King, Paula Tilbrook, Christopher Fulford, David Foreman, Stephanie Noblett, Richard Marris, Jonathan Lazenby, Nigel Rooke
Studio Westchester Corpor
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Too complex and dark for me.
N. Woods
The acting was fine but the story and production was terrible.
Canyongirl
Not my favorite Judi Dench or Vanessa Redgrave roles.
Carol B. Anderson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By W on November 7, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I agree with the reviewer SILVOX, this has long been an overlooked film. I saw it when the film was first released in the theatres, I then owned an VHS copy, and I was happy to finally get the DVD release. The movie examines human loneliness through the life and love affairs of the various characters. Venessa Redgrave and her daughter, Joely Richardson, were both spectacular in the movie. The music score and the camera work were outstanding.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on October 25, 2008
Format: DVD
Schoolteacher Jean Travers (Vanessa Redgrave) throws a dinner party for a few friends. The next day, a young man who attended the party (Tim McInnerny) returns, and she invites him in for coffee. During the conversation, the young man admits that he was uninvited to the party - everyone assumed that he was a guest of one of the partygoers. Jean is puzzled, but she has no time to react, as the young man pulls a revolver out of his pocket and commits suicide. Who is this young man and why did he kill himself in front of Jean? During the course of "Wetherby," we slowly learn that perhaps there are some connections between this young man and Jean and her friends.

"Wetherby" has all the elements of a terrific movie - an intelligent script, a crackling good premise, and a stellar cast, including Ian Holm and Judi Dench. Unfortunately, the parts simply don't gel, largely because of the frenetic yet strangely boring direction by celebrated playwright, David Hare, who also wrote the screenplay. The movie manages to be a bit quirky but still plays too much like a dull PBS stage adaptation; plus, "Wetherby" is dramatically muddled by intercutting between numerous flashbacks and unimportant subplots. The movie attempts to say some important things about loneliness and emotional repression, but it is difficult picking out and connecting to these themes given the messy direction. Overall, "Wetherby" is worth a look for fans of British dramas, but a much better movie should have emerged here.

Note: I avoid including "spoilers" in my reviews; as most reviews include information about the young man's suicide, which occurs very early in the film, I did not view it as a potential spoiler.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Anderson on May 19, 2005
Format: DVD
Besides qualms with the musical score, Wetherby has a killer script, intriguing editing, fantastic acting (Vanessa Redgrave is incredible), and a compelling idea driving the film. I liked the echoes of film noir in the intense, high-contrast lighting; the starkness of the violence was perfect, especially when combined with naked silence. It is more than a story about a disturbed young man who shoots himself in front of an aging school teacher, Jean Travers (Redgrave). That comes early in the film. It is about the psychological consequences for Jean in her life and past that are violently revealed through that shocking act. Life can never be normal again. Beneath even the most pleasant veneer lurks sadness, secrets, and dark sexuality.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on November 24, 2004
Format: DVD
Vanessa Redgrave is spinster school teacher Jean Travers in David Hare's engrossing, overlooked, WETHERBY (Home Vision). This 1985 drama from the director of "The Hours" concerns the impact on Travers' life when a young man -- an apparent stranger -- breaks into her home, and shoots himself in her presence. Judi Dench and Ian Holm are Travers' good friends who -- much like Biblical Job's comforters -- try and help her cope and understand as she finds herself drawn deeper and deeper in a flood of memories and nightmares of unfulfilled love, longing and deceptions. Redgrave and her daughter Joely Richardson are utterly riveting in this superb and increasingly tense psychological drama that keeps its tantalizing secrets almost until the final fade out.

No extras on sharp looking transfer, but box includes a printed intro by Hare and an unusually insightful essay ("Have You Been True To Me?") by Brian Mcfarlane.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By One More Option on August 9, 2006
Format: DVD
"Life is dangerous. Don't you realize that sometimes there's nothing you can do?"
"That's not true. I think you can always limit the danger."

I had thought I might not write more reviews on this account, but this movie gave me little choice. There are spirits that, for reasons I don't fully understand, I have let in. And I would be unfaithful and unfair to them if I did not discuss this excellent film.

As Vanessa Redgrave's character says: "A new lock? The chances of the same thing happening again? Anyway, well I let him in. It doesn't matter how well you're locked up. At times you're always going to have to let people in." And if you have let someone in, this movie explores the question: How do we best respond to all the people we have let in? And how do our communication patterns potentially affect those people?

You'd think I'd be satiated with art because I have experienced so much of the best of it. But I choose not to refuse great art. I'm always letting in one more beautiful work of art.

"Well, I'll make some tea."

I've never "cautioned" viewers from considering taboo, mature, or violent material. But I will make a strong exception here: If you (or someone watching the film with you) are someone who has experienced a suicide in your family, and if you have not fully faced that circumstance and its endless repercussions, then I urge you to NOT watch this film until you have done extensive counseling. And even then, I caution you. This is not a spoiler, because this plot point is mentioned on the movie's description: There are multiple graphic scenes where a man commits suicide.
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