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Friday, June 13, 2008

The Edge of Love (Cert ?)


We follow the story of two lives affected by the creative destruction of Dylan Thomas during the second world war. First we meet Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley) singing in a tube station come air raid shelter. She is entertaining the Londoners escaping the bombs of the blitz. She bumps in to her first love, the Welsh poet come propaganda script writer Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys).

The old flame flutters back to life but its not long before Phillips meets Caitlin, Thomas's wife and a new friendship begins to bloom.

During one of her underground performances the squaddie William Killick (Cillian Murphy) begins to woo Phillips and they eventually marry.

Under the wonderfully directed eye of John Maybury, we follow Vera and Caitlin as there friendship develops and comes under pressure from both the powerful womanising Dylan Thomas and the absent husband Killick.

He skillfully takes us through the oppression and horrors of London in the Blitz and the remoteness of the welsh coast.

Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller wonderfully portray life for young women in a bleak time... where friendships count for everything, but for me, stealing the show is Matthew Rhys who makes a truly arrogant Dylan Thomas.



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