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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Enduring Love

    Subject: Differences
    Date: Feb 11, 2007
    Sender: Pilar PalomsPrevious | Next

    The beginning of the film is quite good and promising. The awe-inspiring landscape, the beautiful red balloon in the pale blue sky, the tone and effect of the soundtrack on the accident is absoluely thrilling.

    I was outraged by dead Logan's scene, it was too morbid. I felt squeamish about the pool of blood and gore on the flat floor (Clarissa's body). Joe kissed Parry with great passion, what I feel out of place since the knife was not with him any more.

    A great of things are changed in the film. Clarissa is a sculptress instead of giving seminars on poetry and looking for Keats' unpublished letters. Joe would like to have his face sculpted and Clarissa does not seem to want to do it. Finally, he secretely discovers his sculpture, what provokes Clarissa's anger. Had she not been a sculptress, she would not have been able to do that.
    Parry lives in a shabby flat, while he is wealthy and lives in a luxurious inherited castle in the book. That emphasises more Parry's "poor" character.
    Parry's first call to Joe happens the following day after the ballooning accident and he tells his wife as soon as he sees her. That remarks the strong link between the couple at first.
    Heights terrify Logan and according to the book, he is a mountaineer and a potholer. The aim is to show us his bravery and also to question us about his love affair.
    Joe realises what the curtains mean as a signal in his flat and he wakes up his wife, in the book at Logan's house when Leo is hidden in the curtains. The purpose is emphasising more Joe's obsession and also that Clarissa finds his behaviour unbearable. Their relation is beyond the limits.
    After the big quarrel between the couple, Joe goes to a pub and drinks a lot. He ends sleeping in a friend's house. Clarissa goes to sleep in the children's room that night. More distant relaton between the couple.
    Parry hurts himself and go to Rose's house, in the book, Jed has come to ask Joe forgiveness. Clarissa believes Parry and makes the situation more thrilling.

    There are a great deal of relevant and interesting points that are not mentioned in the film. The twenty-nine messages from Parry on Joe's answering machine. The huge amount of letters sent to Joe by Parry. Joe phoning the police and going to the police station three times in twenty-four hours. Joe keeping a tiny dictating machine in his pocket and wearing a microphone under his lapel. Clarissa's birthday at the restaurant, Parry hires two men to kill Joe and he is confused with Mr Tapp. Parry with his friend Johnny going to buy a gun. Clarissa's father died of Alzheimer's when she was twelve, she chose rational Joe as she was afraid of living with someone who might go crazy.

    In summary, a beautiful and utterly gripping book has been turning into a passable thriller film.

    Pilar Paloms




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    Comment index:

  • Good movie, but slow   from Jonathan, Jun 5, 2005
  • Why change the story so dramatically?   from Judith, Aug 1, 2005
  • [no subject]   from Julie, Jan 9, 2006
  • differences   from marta prez prez, Jan 18, 2007
  • Re: differences   from Isabel Alonso, Feb 14, 2007
  • Re: differences   from Marta Prez, Mar 21, 2007
  • [no subject]   from anaisabel, Feb 8, 2007
  • » Differences «   from Pilar Paloms, Feb 11, 2007
  • [no subject]   from Esperana, Feb 11, 2007
  • Differences   from Dolors Graell, Feb 15, 2007
  • Differences book vs. film   from Irene Bernal, Feb 20, 2007
  • Books are frequently better   from Joan Fonollosa, Feb 26, 2007
  • asnwer to your comments   from marta prez prez, Mar 21, 2007
  • The Film Vs The Book   from Kirstie, Oct 13, 2008
  • Good movie, but slow   from Jonathan, Jun 5, 2005
  • Why change the story so dramatically?   from Judith, Aug 1, 2005
  • [no subject]   from Julie, Jan 9, 2006
  • differences   from marta prez prez, Jan 18, 2007
  • Re: differences   from Isabel Alonso, Feb 14, 2007
  • Re: differences   from Marta Prez, Mar 21, 2007
  • [no subject]   from anaisabel, Feb 8, 2007
  • » Differences «   from Pilar Paloms, Feb 11, 2007
  • [no subject]   from Esperana, Feb 11, 2007
  • Differences   from Dolors Graell, Feb 15, 2007
  • Differences book vs. film   from Irene Bernal, Feb 20, 2007
  • Books are frequently better   from Joan Fonollosa, Feb 26, 2007
  • asnwer to your comments   from marta prez prez, Mar 21, 2007
  • The Film Vs The Book   from Kirstie, Oct 13, 2008