You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window.

    - Written by Sony Pictures Classics
  • In London, Helena Shebritch has a broken heart since her husband Alfie had had a third age crisis and left her seeking his lost youth. She meets the charlatan fortune teller Cristal Delgiorno and follows her esoteric advices believing in the power of prophecy. Alfie meets the younger call girl Charmaine Foxx and proposes her. Meanwhile, their daughter Sally Channing has financial difficulties with her husband and aspirant writer Roy Channing. Roy is graduated in medical school but has never worked as a doctor since he had written a successful first novel and decided to follow the career of writer but he never succeeds in writing a good second novel. Sally starts working in the Geller Gallery and has a crush on her handsome boss Greg, while Roy peeps and flirts through the window with his neighbor Dia that is always dressed in red. When Roy's poker friend Henry Strangler, who had written a magnificent novel and showed only to Roy, has a fatal car accident with their other poker friend Mike, Roy misunderstands that Strangler died and he steals his manuscript that is successfully accepted by the editor to be published. Their lives change when Helena meets a widower that is her twin soul and Alfie finds that he is a cuckold and Charmaine is pregnant. Roy and Sally split, and Sally, who had fantasized an affair with her boss, finds that Greg sees her as a co-worker and friend only. Further, her mother will no longer lend a large amount to her to open her own gallery following Cristal's advice. And Roy, who moved to Dia's apartment, finds that Strangler has not died but is in coma instead.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • In London, two marriages in crisis are presented. The first, which has already ended, is the forty year marriage of Alfie and Helena Shipridge. Alfie, who is going through a post-mid-life crisis, still sees himself as a young man while he only sees Helena getting older. The second, which is slowly disintegrating, is the relatively young marriage in comparison of the Shipridges' daughter, Sally Channing, and her American novelist husband Ray Channing, their problems largely stemming from Ray's seeming inability to live up to the potential of his first novel while earning a true wage to support him and Sally. With the Shipridges, Alfie only envisioned a new, energetic life with at least a young at heart partner. His life ends up being nothing as he suspects, that is until he meets Charmaine. However, he may not be able to see in Charmaine what the rest of the world sees in her. Helena knows that her life as she knew it is over with the divorce. She changes her tune when she starts seeing Cristal, a psychic who only seems to see positive things for her future, while only seeing the worst for Ray, who Cristal knows Helena does not like. With the Channings, their marital problems are only exacerbated by Helena's constant unannounced visits, she who seemingly needs not only to fill them in on any of Cristal's latest news of her/their life/lives, but drink them out of house and home. Ray, who has medical degree, knows that he will never return to medicine as a career despite the writing being stalled, and the time needed for the writing impinging on his ability to do any other work. The only thing that seems to give him any pleasure is watching the exotic young woman in red in a window across the courtyard. But he may sense fate is watching out for him with some tragic news. And Sally has returned to work putting her art history background to use in working in the art gallery owned by Greg Clemente. This employee status is far away from what was her original professional dream of owning her own gallery, which she was planning on opening when Ray made his writing fortune. But Sally slowly begins to realize that the more her marriage seems to be deteriorating, the more she desires married Greg. As each of Alfie, Helena, Ray and Sally pursue their dreams and desires, the illusion may be more palatable than reality.

    - Written by Huggo
  • Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate.

    - Written by duke1029@aol.com


Helena, an older woman whose husband has left her after 40 years of marriage, goes to a psychic named Cristal for advice...

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