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Enduring Love

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Source: Catholic News Service

Superbly acted and crafted but ultimately disappointing story about a university professor increasingly racked by guilt that he might have saved a man involved in a freak accident, while another participant in the failed rescue attempt stalks him and seems to offer to provide the key to what really happened. Roger Michell directed this adaptation of Ian McEwan's acclaimed 1998 novel, which keeps you absorbed with its tense moral ambiguity even as it turns into a more prosaic tale of a stalker. Adult themes, some implied sexuality, some rough language and violence with associated blood. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.



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