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Starring: Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, David Dawson, Linus Roache, Gina McKee, Rupert Everett, Kadiff Kirwan
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Amazon Prime romantic drama directed by Michael Grandage. Set in 1950s Britain, My Policeman (2022) follows an emotional and complicated love story between policeman Tom (Harry Styles), teacher Marion (Emma Corrin), and museum curator Patrick (David Dawson).
Our Favorite Quotes:'This love is all-consuming. I pity people who don't know what it feels like to be this in love.' - Younger Patrick (My Policeman) Click To Tweet
Tom: [referring to Patrick] Don’t fool yourself. You know why you brought him here.
Tom: To punish him.
Marion: That’s ridiculous.
Tom: You waiting on him hand and foot, that’s ridiculous.
Marion: [to Patrick, referring to Tom] He doesn’t want to see you. He won’t even come near your room. Well, I don’t think he’ll ever forgive me for bringing you here.
Younger Patrick: [referring to the painting] Notice the light striking the crest of the crashing waves. You feel they could crush you, or take you under.
Younger Patrick: Oh, but you must dream, Marion. Nothing happens unless you dream of it first.
Younger Patrick: [referring to Anna Karenina] It’s literature’s most tragic love story. And the most true, because all love stories are tragic, aren’t they?
Younger Marion: I hope not.
Julia: Are you sure it’s Tom you want to be with?
Younger Marion: Well, I must admit, Patrick is dashing. But…
Younger Marion: With Tom, I don’t care about education, or grammar, or manners. Whether he burps when he drinks his beer, or falls asleep at the opera, which he did. And it annoyed Patrick to no end. With all of that, he’s just perfect. He’s Tom.
Younger Marion: What the hell is wrong with you?
Younger Tom: What?
Younger Marion: Why can’t we have a drink like a normal couple? Or dance?
Younger Tom: Patrick says ordinary people have the best faces.
'Nothing happens unless you dream of it first.' - Younger Patrick (My Policeman) Click To Tweet
Younger Tom: I want you to be my wife. I’m not good at this sort of thing.
Younger Marion: I wasn’t sure you even…
Younger Tom: I never tried anything before because I think I was afraid.
Younger Marion: Of me?
Younger Tom: Of growing up. When a man gets married, it’s a big step.
Younger Marion: I didn’t think you were interested in me. That’s all.
Younger Tom: We’re just two confused people, aren’t we?
Younger Marion: Looks that way.
Tom: Christ Almighty, Marion. What do you want from me?
Marion: [referring to Patrick] All the time he’s been here, you haven’t been to see him once.
Marion: And I don’t plan to.
Marion: We owe him something after what happened.
Tom: Just leave it alone. We settled it a long time ago.
Marion: No. We didn’t. We didn’t settle it. We just stopped talking about it.
Marion: I was supposed to be married with all the good things that come with that. Now look at me. There’s no passion.
Tom: Everything was fine until you brought him here.
Marion: Things haven’t been fine for quite a while.
'All love stories are tragic, aren't they?' - Younger Patrick (My Policeman) Click To Tweet
Marion: How do I find some peace?
Tom: Send him away.
Marion: No! You want him gone, you do it.
Younger Patrick: [referring to Tom, from his diary] I haven’t been able to stop thinking about him. He’s handsome, yes. But there’s something else. Innocence combined with a curiosity. I’d like to draw him, but I wonder if he’d misunderstand. I’d almost forgotten that some people are still innocent.
Younger Patrick: [referring to Tom, from his diary] There he was. I recognized him even from behind. That fine head. The unmistakable line of his shoulder.
Younger Patrick: [referring to the painting] Taste is simply just knowing how something makes you feel. So how does it make you feel?
Younger Tom: You can sense the waves. You know, how strong they are. Like swimming in rough surf.
Younger Patrick: Exciting. And frightening.
'Taste is simply just knowing how something makes you feel.' - Younger Patrick (My Policeman) Click To Tweet
Younger Tom: But I wouldn’t mind learning more about paintings. Art, I mean.
Younger Patrick: Well, that’s admirable.
Younger Tom: Is it? Why?
Younger Patrick: Because a man should always try to improve himself.
Younger Patrick: [to Tom] I can’t draw you if I don’t know who you are.
Younger Patrick: [as he tries on Tom’s police uniform] Well, this looks better on you anyway. And the material’s coarse.
Younger Tom: Yeah, like me.
Younger Patrick: No, not at all like you.
Younger Tom: Imagine. My face in a museum. Really think it’ll be good enough?
Younger Patrick: I think it will be lovely.
Younger Tom: How do you do it?
Younger Patrick: Do what?
Younger Tom: Live this life.
Younger Patrick: One learns to live as one can.
Younger Tom: I can’t.
'One learns to live as one can.' - Younger Patrick (My Policeman) Click To Tweet
Younger Patrick: [from his diary] It’s hell being alone. I don’t know whether I’ll ever see my policeman again. These are wretched times we live in. When one has to scurry underground like a criminal just to drown one’s sorrows.
Younger Tom: I thought that’s what you wanted. To draw my portrait, an ordinary person. That’s not what you wanted, is it?
Younger Patrick: You’re drunk.
Younger Tom: You got me here under false pretenses. You knew what you wanted the whole time! That’s why you asked me here, isn’t it?!
Younger Tom: You shouldn’t have dragged me into it.
Younger Patrick: You touched me first.
Younger Tom: I shouldn’t have done that. It was wrong.
Younger Patrick: Did it feel wrong?
Younger Tom: Please, don’t.
[Patrick then kisses Tom]
Younger Tom: How do you stand being alone?
Younger Patrick: I’m not alone, am I?
'It's hell being alone.' - Younger Patrick (My Policeman) Click To Tweet
Younger Patrick: There’s no one for miles.
Younger Tom: You can afford to break the rules. I can’t.
Younger Patrick: [after Tom kisses him] For a policeman, that’s very romantic.
Younger Patrick: [after Tom’s told him he’s going to marry Marion] Do you think that’s fair? To the girl, I mean.
Younger Tom: What?
Younger Patrick: Well, marrying her for, well, I call it for protection.
Younger Tom: That’s not the only reason. I’m fond of her. And someday I hope to have children.
Younger Patrick: Are you saying goodbye to me?
Younger Tom: No.
Younger Patrick: Do you want me to stop?
Younger Tom: No.
Younger Patrick: Then what shall we do?
Younger Tom: Can you share me?
Younger Patrick: If that’s what it takes.