The passion and pathos of legendary poet Dylan Thomas is told through the lives of these two women. Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley) and Dylan (Matthew Rhys) were childhood sweethearts in their homeland Wales. Ten years later the two meet again in war-time London. She's working as a singer whilst he's churning out propaganda scripts for the government in aid of the war effort. The two feel the thunderbolt once more, but Thomas is now married to the adventurous Caitlin (Sienna Miller) and Vera is embarking on a romance with the intense but loyal William (Cillian Murphy). Despite their love-rival status the women form a strong friendship and when William goes to war the remaining trio form a fierce but unavoidably complicated bond.
This film by John Maybury has the feel of the art house genre. There are some wonderful close up shots where the camera lingers, revealing character, and beautifully framed shots.
Rhys is very good as the hard drinking womanising Thomas, but the film belongs to Knightley and Miller's relationship. A film about emotion, the ladies give absolutely top class performances with their character building acting.
Irrespective of being a wonderful film in total, it is worth seeing for Miss Knightley's consummate Welsh accent and remarkable singing.
An intriguing look into Dylan Thomas’s life during the war years which weaves and interesting web between his love for two women, one a childhood lover and the other his wife. All of which contrasts with the anguish felt on the battlefield and in the bedroom. Throughout Thomas’s verse is used to good affect and is supported by excellent performances from Mathew Rhys (Thomas) Keira Knightly (his lover) and Sienna Miller (his wife).