Jonathan Bynoe (HYMS): I recently re-watched Truly Madly Deeply (available on DVD) by Anthony Minghella, starring Juliet Stephenson & Alan Rickman. It is a wonderful exploration of bereavement,
in this case of a young woman whose cellist husband dies suddenly in the first flush of their relationship. It portrays the effect of her loss, and the stages from denial to acceptance of her bereavement. It shows as external happenings the changes that are going on in her brain. More importantly, it is both happy and sad, occasionally very funny, in the way that bereavement sometimes is. It taught me a lot.
Title: Truly, Madly, Deeply, MGM, 1990.
Direction: Minghella, Anthony
Writing: Minghella, Anthony
Juliet Stevenson’s acting is astounding, the ‘I miss him, I miss him…’ sequence is guaranteed to stay with you. (Film written and directed by the late Anthony Minghella,famous Hull University student)