Is love a deliberate choice?
The famous expression from which the film gets its title - “between the devil and the deep blue sea” - implies a difficult position or, otherwise stated, the absence of a good alternative.In the film, it implies the position a woman can find herself in when consumed with love. Or, the position of the man when he cannot return the love in the same way.
Tolstoy has famously stated in Anna Karenina, “you cannot ask why about love.” And while this film is one of the best in the vein of “unreasonable love”, it also shows that you can ask why about love. Here, falling in love to can seem a deliberate choice. By the end, you will realize that “The deep blue sea” shows that an“irrational” disposition can be found in the most bright and reasonable – in this case –women.
It’s greatly praised in all reviews. I have picked the most interesting.
The film is about “the fate of untameable, irrational desire in a world that does not seem to have a place for it” Read it here. It is also, and more interestingly so, “a study in female masochism that shows how romantic obsession, taken to an extreme, can provide its own sick brand of feminine empowerment” Read it here