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Byron Tiller, happily married with a young child, is a writer whose last novel has ended up in the remainder bins. Down on his luck and struggling to make ends meet, he keeps bashing away, refusing to admit that perhaps he is not that good. One day, at wit's end and feeling sorry for himself, he meets someone who has actually read his book: a rather elegant looking Englishman who introduces himself as Luther Fox. Luther runs an escort agency Elysian Fields, which provides extremely wealthy women with attractive, intelligent dates. Desperate for any job- and Luther guarantees good pay and convinces him that it can be only temporary -Byron reluctantly agrees, keeping the whole thing hidden from his wife. He soon finds himself face-to-face with an extremely attractive woman, whose aging husband is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist grappling with a novel that may be his last. Before long, Byron finds himself immersed in a world that he finds almost impossible to believe and even harder to... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
After all these years it was refreshing to see Mick Jagger standing still & with his mouth shut.
Film Review. The Man from Elysian Fields.
Taken from Greek mythology Elysian Fields is : the abode of the blessed after death: also referred to as the Elysian Field: a place or condition of ideal happiness.
The name `The Man from Elysian Fields' therefore gives a strong clue to the content & sense of the film. A man on the edge of failure Byron Tiller (Andy Garcia) is questioning his own worth as a provider for his wife Dena ( Julianna Margulies ) and small child. He is a frustrated writer, his publisher rejects his second book and his family needs money.
His proximity to the offices of Elysian Fields escort agency owned by Luther Fox (Mick Jagger) is a necessary factor to the plot and Byron falls into a situation where he justifies 'escorting' Andrea Alcott (Olivia Williams) to the opera as a way of providing an income for his family. Would he have gone on that first date if her husband had not been a famous and admired writer Tobias Alcott (James Coburn) ?
Byron's motives are challenged.
His journey into his own character is a revealing one; Byron explores desolation, frustration, compromise, anger and deceit apparently in the name of love & duty to his family.
The audience is given the opportunity to reflect on their own sense of the expression `unconditional love', as a recurring theme throughout.
This is a film for grown ups, those mature & generous enough to accommodate the films budgetary constraints and minimal flaws. It is good to look at, well scripted and well acted. It was particularly good to see Mick Jagger looking & sounding very poised & relaxed in his role.
"Films are like dreams: when we congregate with strangers in the darkness of the cinema, it is a kind of public dreaming where we process, mostly unconsciously, the more insistent concerns of our lives."
George Miller Australian director.
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