Enduring Love

Synopsis: On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate their reunion with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside with his partner, Claire. But as Joe and Claire prepare to open a bottle of champagne, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. A hot air balloon drifts into the field, obviously in trouble. The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope, while the only passenger, a boy, is too scared to jump down. Joe and three other men rush to secure the basket. Just as they secure the balloon, the wind rushes into the field, and at once the rescuers are airborne. Joe manages to drop to the ground, as do most of his companions, but one man is lifted skywards. As Joe, Claire and the other rescuers watch this strangely beautiful sight, they see the man fall to his death. Recalling the day's events at dinner with his friends Robin and Rachel, Joe reveals the impact the accident has had on his battered psyche. Ironically the balloon eventually lands safely,
Director(s): Roger Michell
Production: Paramount Classics
  4 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


Thank you.

This is bliss.


Take this.

Looks posh.

It's the poshest of the posh.

It's really difficult.

You know... I wanted um...

I didn't think

it was going to be like this, but...



- Grandad!

- Argh!

Grandad, help!

The ripcord!

Pull the ripcord!

Get the boy out!

- Jump out!

- Argh!

Get him out.

Just get him out!

- Climb out!

- Grandad!

- Grab the rope.

- Pull the ripcord.

The ripcord!

The red one!

No! No!


All right!


Pull it now. The ripcord.

- What's your name?

- Harry.

Do you want to get out?

Let's get you out of there.

His name was John Logan.

He was a GP from Oxford.

Had a wife and a small child.


Maybe he thought it was his duty.

I don't think

he felt obliged to kill himself.

- It's not in the Hippocratic oath, is it?

- Exactly.

He was just a good bloke.

Well, I couldn't have done it.

You would have done the same.

I couldn't. I'm a born coward.

He just hung there for a few seconds.

Like he was going to flap his arms

and fly away like a cartoon.

Bugs Bunny.

Tom and Jerry.

- Tweety Pie.

- Tweety Pie.

But he didn't, did he?

I mean, what do you do?

It was like suddenly I was the leader.

Everyone all right?

These people need my help.

You know, shit like that.

No, you were. You were like a... a...

- A mummy. Zombie.

- Zombie.

- You were.

- I mean, there was a body to be found.

Work to be done.

There might be something we can do.

And he might not be dead.

Do you think he's dead?

But in a funny way

I knew what he meant,

because I kept on expecting him...

...to... to... get up... walk away. I...

Maybe he was in shock.

I was in shock.

I'm in shock now.

There's... not a lot we can do now.

We can pray.

I find it helps... at times like this.


it's really not my thing.

- I think you really need to.

- Look, sorry, no. You, please.

I... If you need to, then go ahead.

Why won't you?

Well, don't you think he prayed?



What happened to the boy?

He pulled himself together, brought the

balloon down in a field five miles away.

Oh, no.

Oh, God.

So the doctor died for nothing.

That's terrible.

It doesn't make any sense, does it?

You tried. You did the best you could.

You're so brave. Isn't he brave?

I'd have been a gibbering wreck.

I am a gibbering wreck.

Yeah, well... I'd have started shrieking.

Running around wringing my hands

and twisting my ankle.

So, yeah.

But I let go of the rope. I let go.

- But if you hadn't...

- Yeah, but I let go.

- If you hadn't, I'd be here without you.

- I let go.

Yeah, but if I hadn't have let go...

If none of us had let go...

...we could've brought that balloon down.

Oh, I'm sorry.

She's teething.

Listen. You flew through the air.

You were actually airborne.

It was an airborne rescue attempt.

You know, you wrestled with the gods

and you lived.

Compared to most people,

you're a fucking action hero.

It was the wind.

It was the wind.

Would you stop saying that?

It wasn't the fucking wind.


Hey. Come here.


When we say we're in love...

...what does it mean?

Could it be that this complex...

...dazzling transformative feeling

is just an illusion?

Could it be just a trick, a trick played

on us by nature just to make us f*ck?

We imagine that love is meaningful.

But could it in fact be...



How's your love life?



- Hello.

- Hello, mate. It's Jed.

You know... from the balloon.


Um... how did you get this number?

Oh... er... yeah... um...

the police gave it to me.

So... um...

...what's the problem?

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Joe Penhall

Joe Penhall (born 1967) is an English playwright and screenwriter, best known for his award-winning stage play Blue/Orange, the award-winning West End musical Sunny Afternoon and creating the Netflix original series Mindhunter. more…

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