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In the style of a Merchant-Ivory production, Thaddeus O'Sullivan directs the British costume drama The Heart of Me, based on Rosamond Lehmann's 1953 novel The Echoing Grove and adapted by Lucinda Coxon. The film opens in late '30s London at the funeral of a middle-class family patriarch survived by his wife (Eleanor Bron) and two daughters: prim and proper Madeleine (Olivia Williams) and free-spirited artist Dinah (Helena Bonham Carter). Madeline's businessman husband, Rickie (Paul Bettany), soon develops an interest in Dinah, which turns into an involved romantic affair. The love triangle causes many problems involving pregnancy, repressed emotions, and various forms of melodrama. Ten years later, the two sisters meet and sort out their relationship. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:June 6, 2003


Helena Bonham Carter
as Dinah
Olivia Williams
as Madeleine
Paul Bettany
as Rickie Masters
Eleanor Bron
as Mrs. Burkett
Luke Newberry
as Anthony
Rosie Ede
as Mrs. Lilley
Gillian Hanna
as Betty
Andrew Havill
as Charles
Gillian Hanna
as Betty
Rosie Ede
as Mrs. Lilley


Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Martin Pope
Rosamond Lehmann
Book Author
Lucinda Coxon
Gyula Pados
Nicholas Hooper
Composer (Music Score)
Alex Mackie
Michael Carlin
Production Designer
Karen Wakefield
Art Director
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Tracey Scoffield
Executive Producer
Sheena Napier
Costume Designer
Martin Trevis
Sound/Sound Designer