I've been delaying seeing this film, mostly I think because seeing a wife cheat on a family with a 15 year old boy, and then get blackmailed by a crazy old witch didnt seem like a fun night at the movies, a bit too MUCH drama if you know what I mean, but the performances were so riveting it just drew me in and I kept watching and was stunned by how well the film flowed. So many mind-blowing lines were delivered, some hilarious (but he's mature for his age!), some very deep and philosophical, like most of Judy Dench's lines, and some emotional and perfectly delivered, almost tear-enducing, such as the whopper Bill Nighy delivered near to end to his wife:
"I knew who you were when we met. You were young. I knew it might get tough, but I was prepared. You're a good mother, but at times you've been a f**king lousy wife. Why didn't you come to me? You could have told me how lonely you were. You never trusted me to help you. I'm not saying that I was so f**king fabulous, but I was here."
Loved the film. One of my favorite psychological thrillers/dramas. Really makes you question 'loneliness' which both main characters suffered from, but each took a different approach to it.
and doucedouce, to comment on your review, I too felt there was lack of 'chemistry' between Cate and the young boy, but I think it was intentional. This film wasn't about the boy, or about trying to explain why a grown woman would fool around with a young boy. There was no 'love' between them, which explains lack of chemistry; it was meant just to show pure lust on her part and to keep it simple, while rest of the complex story has room to expand.