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Enduring Love

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Enduring Love

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
100 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/29/04
performer:
Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans, Samantha Morton, Rory Carroll, Bill Nighy
director:
Roger Michell
author:
Joe Penhall

We gave it an A

Beneath the lurid, obsessive surfaces of McEwan’s novels (The Cement Garden, The Innocent, etc.) lurks a cunning philosophical imagination. As his characters fall to pieces (sometimes literally), existential implications are scattered about like clues to a mystery beyond the one wrapped up in the plot. Enduring Love offers eerie, slow-paced suspense worth its weight in caffeine for keeping you up all night. It starts with a bizarre balloon accident that kills one of six men. One of the survivors is the narrator, a science journalist, and another is a young man who develops a warped religious-romantic fixation on him. McEwan’s precise, lethal imagination triumphs, delivering both meanings of the ambiguous title: The novel is all about durable love — and all about surviving it. A