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The Secret Rapture (1993)

Katherine is a basically miserable and mentally unstable woman who is married to even-aged Isobel's father, who is the only one willing to give Katherine the unconditional love that she ... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Davies

Writers:

David Hare (play), David Hare (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliet Stevenson ... Isobel Coleridge
Joanne Whalley ... Katherine Coleridge (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Penelope Wilton ... Marion French
Neil Pearson ... Patrick Steadman
Alan Howard ... Tom French
Robert Stephens ... Max Lopert
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Norman
Robert Glenister ... Jeremy
Richard Long Richard Long ... 3rd Businessman
Finty Williams ... Greta
Saira Todd Saira Todd ... Kiki
Julia Lane ... June Allardyce
Philip Voss ... Civil Servant
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ... Day Nurse
Janet Steel Janet Steel ... Night Nurse
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Katherine is a basically miserable and mentally unstable woman who is married to even-aged Isobel's father, who is the only one willing to give Katherine the unconditional love that she craves lest her inner chaos should wholly consume her. For any kind of peace of mind, she is consequently entirely dependent on him. As, however, her husband dies (of natural causes), Katherine quite instinctively transfers her primal need for all-encompassing care to his daughter, Isobel. As this is a serious intrusion upon her and her boyfriend's private life, Isobel rejects Katherine - at first. She soon realizes that Katherine needs her attention more than her boyfriend, whom she then opts to leave, to go and live with Katherine in her father's countryside cottage. The last scenes of the movie, not to be revealed here, raises the question of who, after all, were the more needful of Isobel's love. Written by Tue Sorensen <jensb@mi.aau.dk>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Entusiasmo Secreto See more »

Filming Locations:

Exmoor, Somerset, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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i loved The Secret Rapture
4 January 2007 | by paulfg57See all my reviews

I loved this play, i found it surprisingly refreshing and exciting. The Femininity of the roles and the antagonistic characters. Definitely worthwhile seeing! As a response to the comment mentioned before mine, obviously not everyone was able to see the underlying themes and the beauty of David Hare's writing. Having had an essay based on The Secret Rapture for my English degree i already know the play very well, but seeing it as it was meant to be seen (on stage) my love for this play was only cemented. Apart from the sexual scenes between Isobel and her husband this play is suitable for everyone who has a love for English literature, or even those who are just looking for something different than the typical hero in a stage production.


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