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Luminous acting, plus painterly cinematography, plus expert musical scoring, equals heavenly cinema.
Woody Allen cast Samantha Morton as the mute co-star to Sean Penn in `Sweet and Low Down' (remember the girl who never said a word, but spoke volumes?). After seeing her in this film, I don't think she even needed to audition.
This film is especially for those who know that movies which are described by some as `about nothing' are usually the ones that are really about everything-everything that really matters. An intense and unforgettable journey for anyone with an emotional life.
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