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Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe star in a glutinous fantasy romance about destiny and miracles

This misguided folly is released here just when everyone has had their fill of winter, and just too late to be a Valentine's release, as it was in the Us – where the polar vortex has made snowbound stories particularly unwelcome.

Based on Mark Helprin's novel, Winter's Tale, this first directing effort by the screenwriter of A Beautiful Mind is a glutinous fantasy romance about destiny, miracles and a devil (played by an uncredited Will Smith) who lives under a bridge and wears a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt. In 1916 Manhattan, Colin Farrell escapes from Russell Crowe's Irish gangster Pearly on the back of a flying horse (no, I have not been at the spiked punch), then falls for doomed ingenue Jessica Brown Findlay, who walks barefoot in the snow and has the hale, rosy-cheeked glow peculiar to Hollywood consumptives. »

- Jonathan Romney

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