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The Edge of Love

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2008
  • John Maybury
  • 106 mins
  • 15

Summary

Period drama based on a true story, starring Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller. Free-spirited Vera Phillips was the teenage love of poet Dylan Thomas. When the pair meet in war-torn London years later, Thomas is married to the beautiful Caitlin and Vera is the subject of another man's infatuation. But it soon becomes clear that a spark remains between Dylan and Vera.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This emotionally charged drama loosely based on real events stars Keira Knightley as Vera Phillips, the childhood sweetheart of poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys), and tells the story of what happens when she runs into her married ex-lover in war-torn London. When Thomas and his wife Caitlin (Sienna Miller) are evicted, Vera - now working as a nightclub singer and herself the object of infatuation by army captain William Killick (Cillian Murphy) - invites them to stay. It soon becomes evident that three's a crowd, and the situation doesn't improve when Vera marries her soldier boy on the eve of his posting overseas, and Thomas and the two women move to rural Wales. Director John Maybury's intense story of two women caught in the orbit of a remarkable man has its shortcomings, but it looks wonderful and is rich in period detail. Any lapses in the narrative are compensated for by uniformly good performances, with Knightley (who does her own singing) acquitting herself particularly well.

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Credits

Cast

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Vera PhillipsKeira Knightley
Caitlin ThomasSienna Miller
William KillickCillian Murphy
Dylan ThomasMatthew Rhys
NicoletteCamilla Rutherford
Anthony DevasAlastair Mackenzie (2)
Ruth WilliamsLisa Stansfield
Alistair GrahamRichard Clifford
PartisanSimon Kassianides

Crew

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DirectorJohn Maybury

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2008-06-20
Languages
English | Welsh
Guidance
Violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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