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A Lover’s Discourse: Terence Davies’s Films

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A Lover’s Discourse: Terence Davies’s Films
A Lover’s Discourse: Terence Davies’s Films

In a dark room, two women regard each other, the older one cloaked in shadow, the younger one better lit but turned away. The older is caring for her sick husband, wrapped up in bed sheets, while the younger thinks of killing herself due to the pangs of lost, despised love. “Sometimes it’s tough to judge when you’re caught between the devil and the deep blue sea,” she says, a little bent over, to which her staunch, stiff counterpart snaps back: “A lot of rubbish is talked about love. You know what real love is? It’s wiping someone’s ass, or changing the sheets when they’ve wet themselves, and letting ’em keep their dignity so you can both go on. Suicide? No one’s worth it.”

The moment comes late in Terence Davies’s new film, The Deep Blue Sea, which opens theatrically tomorrow, and a sneak preview of which began the BAMcinématek’s retrospective of the British director’s nine-film career (next week, Film Forum will screen a new 35mm print of 1992’s gently gliding The Long Day Closes). This Deep Blue Sea scene, coming late into the story of a London woman struggling to move on post-WWII and post-love, in some ways sets the tone for all of Davies’s work.

Lost Recap: Season 3, Episode 9, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

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Lost Recap: Season 3, Episode 9, “Stranger in a Strange Land”
Lost Recap: Season 3, Episode 9, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

It was inevitable that after two consecutive strong outings, Lost would backslide into more familiar and frustrating territory.

The show has created such skepticism among its fan base that even when it does hit one out of the park the knee jerk response is to chalk it up as an accident. Still, even with expectations properly in check, there really was no way to prepare for how achingly tedious and belabored last night’s episode, “Stranger in a Strange Land”, truly was.

With only a finite number of unanswered questions still on the table and who knows how many episodes left to air, it’s a difficult balance for Lost between advancing the show’s mythology and revealing too much too soon. One’s even tempted to cut the show some measure of slack for occasionally dragging its feet. I imagine that’s how you end up with an episode that predominately focuses on the machinations behind how Jack (Matthew Fox) ended up with an exotic tattoo on his left arm. We can only hope next week’s episode will address where Hurley (Jorge Garcia) got his favorite T-shirt.