The End of the Affair
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The End of the Affair
On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his own jealousy and arranges to have her followed. As the investigation progresses, we learn the reason for their separation. During a bombing raid, Sarah struck a bargain with God to sacrifice their relationship-in exchange for Bendrix's life. When Bendrix reappears in her life, Sarah realizes that her promise to God has become impossible for her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all its obvious psychoanalytic implications, [Jordan's] wacky romantic triangle lost me long before it crawled to its spiritualist conclusion."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"What a sad and melancholy piece of work. ... Fiennes basically reprises his English Patient role as the heroic destroyer of covenants and promises."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"a demanding, thought-provoking film ...built around a theme many will find difficult to accept, that miracles can happen to perfectly ordinary, non-religious people."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Beautifully passionate and extremely romantic."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Too literary, too uncinematic, too darn old-fashioned for a contemporary audience."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"An effective love story that's intensely old-fashioned."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Writer/director Neil Jordan takes the right approach to the material. Instead of trying to spruce it up, he simply moves in closer."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Can anyone fail to recognize this as a fundamental betrayal of the author’s creative vision?"
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"An ambitious misfire."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"Ultimately fails in its ambitious cinematic and narrative goals."
‑ Robert Koehler, IFilm
"The whole thing is beyond purple and yet so careful and reverent you can't even enjoy it as camp."
‑ Alan Dale,
"Neil Jordan's film captures an unyielding sense, even almost to a fault, of romantic realism and its often underlying sadness."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Depicts the way a lapsed Catholic is surprised by grace and a defiant unbeliever is convinced to believe in God."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The film, as well-conceived as it was, was still too laborious of a process."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Although Jordan attempts an old fashioned cinematic weeper, what he gets instead are talented actors reciting their lines with all of the fervor of someone reading the phonebook."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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