Opening December 26

England, around 1950: a beautiful woman takes a handful of pills and turns on the gas in a modest flat, but her landlady and neighbors smell the fumes. Flashbacks reveal that the woman (Rachel Weisz) is having an affair with a boozy ex-RAF flyer (Tom Hiddleston), though she is married to distinguished Lord Collyer. This adaptation of the 1952 Terence Rattigan play plumbs the depths of passion and lonely desperation of its characters, with canny period detail and telling dialogue giving resonance to the deprivation and jadedness of postwar England. Exquisite performances from Weisz, Hiddleston and stage legend Simon Russell Beale as Collyer. Official Selection, 2011 Toronto Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Terence Davies, based on the play by Terence Rattigan; PROD Sean O'Connor, Kate Ogborn. UK/US, 2011, color, 98 min. In English. NOT RATED