Swept From the Sea
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Vincent Perez (The Crow, City of Angels) and Rachel Weisz (Stealing Beauty) star with Ian McKellen and Kathy Bates in this passionate film about two star-crossed lovers. Amy Foster, considered a simpleton by some and a witch by others, is accused of conjuring the fierce storm which causes a shipwreck. Only one man survives and is immediately drawn to strange Amy. A haunting tale of love and loss, Swept From the Sea is "a superb, epic and moving romance". Brilliantly directed and performed. "Four stars." - Paul Wunder, WBAI RADIO
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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 about which Amy is unaware. 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.
Jennifer Leigh Wells
Author of "Rebecca: The Making of a Hollywood Classic"
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.
Rachel is awesome actress.
What makes this story/film so wonderful is that it is told in such a way that you are piecing together the history of their lives and the eventual ending is made more sweet than bitter. Amy's actions are misunderstood and she does eventually gain the understanding she so deserves. The acting was wonderful--tight, internalized, and powerful.Waiting for Odysseus