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The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair
The End of the Affair
The End of the Affair
  • R
  • 1h 42m
  • 1999
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From the acclaimed director of The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire comes a romantic story of desire and betrayal. The setting is war-torn England, 1939. Sarah Miles (Julianne Moore) is married to Henry (Stephen Rea), a man she loves but with whom she shares no intimacy. When she meets Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes), the two have an immediate attraction for each other and embark on a torrid affair. Their passion is as earth-shattering as the bombs that explode around them, until the day Sarah mysteriously and abruptly walks out of Maurice's life. Two years later, Maurice runs into Henry, who confides his suspicions of Sarah's infidelity. Fueled by his own jealousy and desperate to solve the mystery surrounding the end of their own romance, Maurice agrees to help. His investigation not only re-ignites his love for Sarah but also leads him to discover a devastating secret which will change their lives forever.
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Common Sense Says
Period drama about lost love has sex and nudity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The End of the Affair -- based on British novelist Graham Greene's book -- is set during and after WWII and revolves around an adulterous relationship. There are several fairly explicit sex scenes between the two leads (Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore), which include naked breasts and buttocks. A bomb explodes, leading to a character falling several floors and cutting their head. One character becomes unwell and (spoiler alert) dies. Drinking (whiskey and sherry) and smoking occur throughout the film, which is accurate for the time period. Strong language is minimal, with just one use of the word "hell."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 3, 1999
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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