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The Edge of Love (2008)

In Amazing, film, period drama, Recommendation, Review, romantic on 01/07/2011 at 6:16 pm

Wartime does make a very good setting for romance. Not that The Edge of Love is just any romance, it’s a bit more complex and interesting than that. Actually, this is a story of two women: nightclub signer Vera (Keira Knightley) and passionate Caitlin (Sienna Miller). The former is Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ (Matthew Rhys) first girlfriend, the latter his current wife. He loves them both – and whether this be accurate or not – Thomas is depicted as a lazy, selfish and even snobbish artist who lives off other people’s backs and doesn’t take responsibility for his actions. He is obviously also charming and interesting enough to have these two women love him. Vera marries William (Cillian Murphy), the exact opposite of Thomas: a brave, sensitive and responsible young soldier who would move mountains for her. Vera and Caitlin’s friendship grows very intimate. Both Miller and Knightley prove themselves incredibly gifted actresses worthy of many superlatives.

Keira Knightley actually does the singing herself. This film was written by Sharman Macdonald, Keira Knightley’s mother. As the actress explains in the short interview posted below the trailer, Macdonald actually wrote Caitlin for her daughter, but she decided she’d much rather play Vera, despite the singing bit which made her very nervous.

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