The first feature film from writer-director Anthony Minghella, TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY is a funny, touching story about dealing with bereavement and learning to love again.
Nina (Juliet Stevenson) is having a hard time getting over the sudden death of her lover Jamie (Alan Rickman). London is a lonely place, she finds, as she returns home from work every day to an empty flat--empty, that is, save for a recent infestation of rats. The memory of her relationship with
Jamie is always on her mind, the music he played on his cello echoing her thoughts at every turn. Sandy (Bill Paterson), who runs the translation agency where she works, tries to shake Nina out of the doldrums, but without success. Titus (Christopher Rozycki), another colleague who wants to fix up
her rundown flat, is smitten with her, but she good-humoredly ignores his advances. Nina admits to her bereavement therapist that she feels as though Jamie is somehow still around. Lost in her memories, Nina begins to slip away from reality and, in the process, literally wills her dead lover back
in the form of a ghost.
Labelled by many critics as a "thinking person's GHOST," TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY is sensitively written and charmingly acted. Juliet Stevenson brings tremendous depth to a role that was created specifically for her, and Alan Rickman proves himself capable of something quite different from the bad-guy
roles (DIE HARD, ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES) for which he's best known. Minghella's background in TV, though (he worked with the late Jim Henson on a series of European folk tales for NBC and created the BBC drama series, "What If It's Raining") is evident in the limited scope of the piece,
particularly its rather uninspired visuals. Special mention should go to Barrington Pheloung for his lilting, poignant musical score.
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: PG
- Review: The first feature film from writer-director Anthony Minghella, TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY is a funny, touching story about dealing with bereavement and learning to love again. Nina (Juliet Stevenson) is having a hard time getting over the sudden death of her lo… (more)