Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. Written by
The first film in which Natalie Portman plays a dancer, as her character Alice Ayres is a stripper. Natalie Portman later played Ballet dancer Nina Sayers in the 2010 film "Black Swan", for which she won an Oscar for her brilliant performance. See more »
When Dan and Anna are at the opera (the English National Opera in London), the soundtrack is playing a recording of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" in the original Italian. All productions at the ENO are always sung in English. See more »
What an amazing concept. A story that perfectly captures the emotions that we feel when involved in a love spat. The complete desire and need for another person, wanting to hold them close to you, while at the same point in time the mere vision of seeing that person and hearing their voice sends you into utter misery and you feel repulsed by them. Jude Law is masterful in his role, and he is matched equally by the performances of Clive Owen, Natalie Portman and Julia Roberts. A brilliant movie with many mixed emotions. As soon as you think, okay, this is where they live happily ever after, another twisting tale occurs. This is as real as it gets folks. Definitely one worth purchasing when it hits DVD, apart from that, watch it on big screen and you will be amazed at how you relate to this master piece.
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