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The Edge of Love

Directed by John Maybury (BBC Films)


Mawkishly sentimental in one moment and nonsensical the next, acolytes of Dylan Thomas won't be impressed by this drama delving into the Welsh poet's love life. The first half of the film set in wartime London evokes Philip Kaufman's Henry & June and is burnished in beautiful sepia tones courtesy of Canadian cinematographer Jonathan Freeman. But the meandering script does Matthew Rhys (as Thomas), Sienna Miller (as Caitlin, Thomas's wife), Keira Knightley (as Thomas's first love Vera) and Cillian Murphy (as William, Vera's troubled soldier husband) no favours, and by the time the story settles into domestic drama in windy Wales, you won't care who fathered whose child.

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