TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY (1991)
Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Michael Maloney, Bill Paterson
Nina (Juliet Stevenson) desperately misses her former lover Jamie
(Alan Rickman) who passed away due to complication when he caught
a cold. Then suddenly, her grief causes Jamie to re-enter her
life again as a lovable ghost. Jamie brings back with him all
his foibles, and some new friends. No longer able to dwell on
only the good things about Jamie, Nina finds that she must choose
between loving Jamie or real-life interest, Mark (Michael Maloney).
Billed as the Britain's answer to the hit movie Ghost,
Truly, Madly, Deeply is nonetheless a different and wonderful
little romantic comedy in itself. Unlike Ghost, a true
Hollywood vehicle, Truly, Madly, Deeply is a much warmer and intimate
take on the life after death scenario. The characters have depth,
substance, foibles, grief and an incredible, believable love.
The movie vividly identifies with the grief anyone can feel after
loosing a loved one - particularly when that loved one dies young
and from just plain dumb luck. London is a lovely backdrop to
portray Nina rebuilding her life as she must inevitably do, with
many humorous scenes taking place outside in the beautiful surrounds.
script is brought to life by the friendship that exists both on
screen and off by the two stars, Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson.
Juliet Stevenson's deep grief after Jamie's death and her infectious
joy when Jamie returns radiate from the screen. Stevenson makes
Nina a wonderful, warm person with many levels to get to know.
Alan Rickman is endearing as the ghost, Jamie - even with the
big bushy handlebar- mustache! Through Jamie, Ricky makes us believe
his love for Nina is possibly more than his. He metamorphoses
Jamie through a variety of dimensions from considerate lover ("I'm
warming my lips," he says, blowing on his hand just before
kissing Nina) to annoying control-freak as he re-arranges Nina's
new place to suit his taste.
Deeply is a tender, funny and thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy.
It reaches out to touch you at the highest levels of love and
the lowest levels of grief and yet remains captivating the entire
time, with a laugh always just around the corner. A must see for
hopeless romantics everywhere!