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The American -- An assassin hiding out in an Italian village while he anticipates his last-ever assignment tempts fate by seeking out the friendship of a priest (Bonacelli) as well as the affection of a local woman (Placido).
The American -- Clip: Mathilde
The American -- Interview: "Violante Placido On Clara's Attraction To Jack"
The American -- An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.
The American -- Clip: Hunters Travel In Pairs

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Rowan Joffe (screenplay)
Martin Booth (novel)
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An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Clooney ... Jack / Edward

Irina Björklund ... Ingrid (as Irina Bjorklund)
Lars Hjelm ... Hunter #1
Björn Granath ... Hunter #2
Johan Leysen ... Pavel
Paolo Bonacelli ... Father Benedetto
Giorgio Gobbi ... Man on Vespa
Silvana Bosi ... Old Cheese Vendor

Thekla Reuten ... Mathilde
Guido Palliggiano ... Waiter (Market)

Samuel Vauramo ... Young Swedish Man (as Samuli Vauramo)
Antonio Rampino ... Postmaster

Violante Placido ... Clara

Filippo Timi ... Fabio
Ilaria Cramerotti ... Hooker #2
Angelica Novak ... Hooker #3

Isabelle Adriani ... Hooker #1
Raffaele Serao ... Barman (Town Square Bar)
Anna Foglietta ... Anna
Sandro Dori ... Waiter (Locanda Grapelli)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrizio Pelizzi ... Antonio (uncredited)

Directed by
Anton Corbijn 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Rowan Joffe (screenplay)

Martin Booth (novel "A Very Private Gentleman")

Produced by
Anne Carey .... producer
George Clooney .... producer
Jill Green .... producer
Grant Heslov .... producer
Enzo Sisti .... executive producer
Moa Westeson .... line producer: Sweden unit
Ann Wingate .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Grönemeyer 
 
Cinematography by
Martin Ruhe 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Hulme 
 
Casting by
Beatrice Kruger  (as Béatrice Kruger)
 
Production Design by
Mark Digby 
 
Art Direction by
Denis Schnegg (supervising art director)
Domenico Sica (co-art director)
Mikael Varhelyi 
 
Set Decoration by
Michelle Day 
 
Costume Design by
Suttirat Anne Larlarb 
 
Makeup Department
Stefano Ceccarelli .... chief hair stylist
Federico Laurenti .... makeup artist
Mario Michisanti .... makeup artist: additional photography
Samankta Mura .... hair stylist
Nicolas Richard .... makeup artist: Sweden
Manlio Rocchetti .... chief makeup artist
 
Production Management
Andrea Alunni .... unit manager
Maguy R. Cohen .... assistant production manager (as Maguy J.B. Cohen)
Vito Colazzo .... unit production manager: re-shoots
Gabriella Di Santo .... unit manager: re-shoots
Lucie Graves .... post-production supervisor
Börje Hansson .... production supervisor
Susanne Lundqvist .... production manager
Erik Paoletti .... production manager
Susanne Tiger .... production manager
Luciano Tito .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maurizio Baisi .... second second assistant director: additional photography
Michel Cheyko .... first assistant director (as Mishka Cheyko)
Edoardo Ferretti .... second assistant director
Fabrizio Imparato .... assistant director
Pontus Klänge .... second second assistant director: Sweden
Andrea Pagani .... second second assistant director
Barbara Pastrovich .... second assistant director: additional photography
Alessia Silvetti .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Barbara Adducci .... art department coordinator
Giancarlo Di Fusco .... scenic painter
Cristiano Donzelli .... storyboard artist
Silvia Fontana .... graphic designer
Paul Gustavsson .... property master
Teddy Holm .... painter
Janne Hverven .... carpenter
Glauco Isidori .... painter
Simon Jaktlund .... art department laborer
Thomas Jones .... armoury props
Tamara Marini .... stand-by art director
Antonio Murer .... key swing gang
Sebastiano Murer .... assistant property master
Sandro Piccarozzi .... buyer
Elisa Piccini .... art department production assistant
Alessandro Santucci .... assistant art director
Lorenzo Sartor .... carpenter
Calle Sjölin .... standby props
Johan Sjölin .... construction coordinator
Kristoffer Sjöström .... painter
Sophie Tarver .... propmaker
Matti Rintala von Knorring .... carpenter
Daniela Zorzetto .... assistant set decorator
 
Sound Department
Oliver Brierley .... adr mixer
Naomi Dandridge .... adr mixer
Paul Davies .... sound designer
Paul Davies .... supervising sound editor
Steve Finn .... boom operator
Nick Foley .... adr mixer
Jack Gillies .... sound effects editor
Ian Morgan .... adr supervisor
Chris Munro .... production sound mixer
Paul Munro .... sound recordist: Swedish unit
Luke Neuman .... boom operator
Keith Partridge .... foley engineer
Mark Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jamie Roden .... sound re-recording mixer
James Shannon .... dolby sound consultant
Peter Shaw .... dialogue editor
Sophie Shelton .... assistant sound editor
Barnaby Smyth .... foley supervisor
Andy Stallabrass .... adr recordist
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Andrew Stirk .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Robert Weatherall .... mix technician
 
Special Effects by
Renato Agostini .... special effects supervisor
Gusten Blick .... special effects senior technician: Sweden (as Eddy Gusten Blick)
Stefano Corridori .... special effects
Johan Harnesk .... special effects supervisor: Sweden
Victor Nilsson .... special effects technician: Sweden
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects technician
Anders Nilsson Ylitalo .... special effects technician: Sweden (as Anders Nilssen)
 
Visual Effects by
Marcus Alqueres .... animation supervisor: Modus FX
Jean Arousi .... production assistant: Modus FX
Mostafa Badran .... computer graphics supervisor
Mostafa Badran .... lead td and layout: Modus FX
Matthew Baker .... digital restoration
Mathieu Bertrand .... look development artist: Modus FX
Fabio Bianchi .... telecine colorist dailies
Patrick Bissonnette .... visual effects financial controller: Modus FX
Patrick Bissonnette .... visual effects line producer
Marc Bourbonnais .... visual effects executive producer: Modus FX
Nadège Bozzetti .... lead texture artist: Modus FX
Valérie Clément .... project development: Modus FX
Jacynthe Côté .... visual effects production manager (as Jacinthe Cote)
Stefano De Gennaro .... digital technology manager
Marc-Antoine Desjardins .... look development artist: Modus FX
Andreane Dodier-Villeneuve .... digital compositor: Modus FX
Andrea Espinal .... digital compositor
Nicolas Fillion .... texture artist: Modus FX
Jean-Sébastien Fortin .... data wrangler: Modus FX
Armando Franco .... digital compositor
Dominic Gaudreau .... technical support: Modus FX
Emma Hulme .... digital restoration
Luc Julien .... compositing supervisor: Modus FX
Alban Kasikci .... digital compositor: Modus FX
Pascal Laflamme .... data wrangler: Modus FX
Louis Laflamme-Fillion .... visual effects editorial: Modus FX
Jeremy Lambolez .... animator: Modus FX
Francis Larouche .... production assistant: Modus FX
Martin Larrivée .... digital compositor: Modus FX
Simon Lehembre .... digital compositor
Sylvain Lorgeou .... lead concept and matte painting: Modus FX
Mickaël Léger .... digital compositor: Modus Fx
Philip Melancon .... animator: Modus Fx
Robert Moodie .... technical director
Tanya Moore .... production assistant: Modus FX
Benoit Morin .... matchmover: Modus Fx
Louis Morin .... visual effects supervisor
Jean-Francois Morissette .... motion tracking: Modus FX
Cynthia Mourou .... visual effects producer: Modus FX
Velislava Nikolova .... animator: Modus FX
Christophe Pacaud .... digital compositor: Modus FX
Vincent Papaix .... lead digital compositor: Modus Fx
Martin Pelletier .... lead look development artist: Modus FX
Mathieu Phaneuf .... lead modeler: Modus FX
Stephane Picard .... data wrangler: Modus FX
Alice Pépujol .... digital compositor: Modus FX
Stéphane Rioux .... digital compositor: Modus FX
Asa Shoul .... digital colourist
Joao Sita .... lead digital compositor: Modus FX
Stéphane Stradella .... digital compositor
Vincent Toussaint .... technical support: Modus FX
Jean-Philippe Traoré .... digital compositor: Modus Fx
Sarah Trepanier .... visual effects coordinator: Modus FX
Armando Velasquez .... digital compositor: Modus FX
Armando Velazquez .... digital compositor: Modus Fx
Paolo Verrucci .... telecine colorist dailies
Yanick Wilisky .... visual effects supervisor: Modus FX
David Yabu .... animator: Modus FX (as Hiroyuki David Yabu)
Will Hudson .... digital restoration (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Mauro Balmas .... stunt rigger: additional photography
Francesca Cama .... stunt double: Violante Placido
Umberto De Luca .... stunt double: Johan Leysen
Silvia Di Pietro .... stunt double: Thekla Reuten
Lars Hjelm .... stunt player
Alessandro Novelli .... stunt double: Samuel Vauramo
Emiliano Novelli .... stunt double: George Clooney
Kimmo Rajala .... stunt coordinator: Sweden
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt coordinator (as Franco Salamon)
Giorgio Antonini .... stunt coordinator: additional photograhy (uncredited)
Jaqueline Freda .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mickey Bergstrom .... video assist
Stefano Biscaro .... flight head technician
Jeremy Braben .... aerial director of photography
Alessandro Brambilla .... director of photography: second unit
Alessandro Brambilla .... steadicam operator
Fausto Cancellieri .... grip
Alessandro Cardelli .... electrician
Marco Cartocci .... generator operator
Simona De Lullo .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Claudio Del Gobbo .... dolly grip
Massimiliano Dessena .... grip
Massimiliano di Giuliani .... generator operator
Stefano Di Pasquali .... grip
Gianfranco Di Silvestro .... video assist/cable
Jonas Elmqvist .... gaffer
Björn Engberg .... second assistant camera
Doriano Forti .... rigging grip
Claudio Frollano .... rigging gaffer
Mattias Färnstrand .... second assistant camera
David Giorgio .... additional video assist
Emil Hall .... grip
Marcus Hansson .... best boy electric
Ocki Hansson .... dolly grip
Oscar Hansson .... grip assistant
Ronald Holmberg .... grip assistant
Fredrik Johansson .... grip assistant
Nils-Erik Järvi .... electrician
Magnus Karlsson .... electrician
Giles Keyte .... still photographer
Staffan Kvarneke .... video assist
Björn Köling .... camera loader
Simone Lucchetti .... electrician
Luca Martis .... electrician
Tommaso Mele .... key grip
Alexander Palm .... additional director of photography
Dario Paolini .... additional second assistant camera
Stefano Paradiso .... additional Steadicam operator
Riccardo Pau .... camera loader: additional photography
Giorgio Perluigi .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Giorgio Pezzotti .... grip
Francisco Pintore .... additional first assistant camera
Massimo Rinella .... grip
Martin Ruhe .... camera operator: "a" camera
Lorenzo Sardini .... grip
Luca Sardini .... electrician
Fulvio Segianni .... grip
Cristiano Sergioli .... grip: technocrane
Giovanni Tancredi .... electrician
Alberto Torrecilla .... first assistant camera
Ebbe Wengenroth .... electrician
Julian White .... gaffer
Francesco Zaccaria .... gaffer
Giacomo Zampieri .... clapper loader
Davide Zanetti .... camera loader
 
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Morgana Bianco .... extras casting
Doris von Thury .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bruno de Santa .... costumer
Sonoo Mishra .... associate costume designer
Elena Pascaniuc .... seamstress
Serena Pirillo .... wardrobe runner
Nicolas Richard .... costume assistant
Sonia Signoretti .... set costumer
Maurizio Torti .... costumer: re-shoots
Cristina Tucci .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
George Adams .... second assistant editor
Peter Bengtsson .... post-production coordinator
Todd Kleparski .... digital intermediate producer
Jaime Leonard .... on-line editor
Begoña Lopez .... digital intermediate producer
Barry Moen .... first assistant editor
Asa Shoul .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Thomas Bowes .... featured musician: orchestra leader
Jo Buckley .... assistant orchestra contractor
Chris Clad .... violin
Peter Clarke .... music editor
Peter Cobbin .... score mixer
Peter Cobbin .... score recordist
Elizabeth Fischer .... featured musician: soprano
Anthony Fleeth .... musician: solo cello
Stanley Gabriel .... assistant music engineer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Herbert Grönemeyer .... piano
Jacob Hansonis .... additional musician (as Jakob Hansonis)
David Hefti .... protools engineer
Nick Ingman .... conductor
Nick Ingman .... orchestrator
Alfred Kritzer .... music arranger: strings
Peter Lale .... featured musician: solo viola
Alli MacInnes .... music production coordinator
Sam Okell .... protools engineer
Anthony Pleeth .... featured musician: solo cello
Frank Ricotti .... featured musician: percussion
Alex Silva .... additional musician
Alex Silva .... score producer
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
 
Transportation Department
Daniele Abeille .... transportation coordinator
Rebecka Andersson .... driver: snowmobile
Roberto Arena .... driver
Christofer Brännström .... driver: snowmobile
Mattias Dahlström .... driver
Helena Edwang .... driver: snowmobile
Lars Erik Eriksson .... driver
Leif Eriksson .... driver
Tony Fick .... driver: snowmobile
Kenneth Hoflin .... driver
Jens Håkansson .... driver: snowmobile
Anneli Jonasson .... driver: snowmobile
Helen Jonasson .... driver: snowmobile
Mikael Jonasson .... driver: snowmobile
Giuseppe Lisi .... driver
Fabrizio Liverio .... driver
Marco Maurizi .... driver
Edoardo Moracci .... transportation captain
Joakim Norrlund .... driver: snowmobile
Alex Wayaffe .... picture vehicles coordinator
Tobias Westberg .... driver: snowmobile
Maria Östman .... driver
 
Other crew
Stephanie Ahlen .... operations manager: aerial unit Italy
Emil Ahlén .... assistant to assistant director
Susan Chika Anisiobi .... assistant accountant
Monica Axelsson .... assistant: Mr. Corbijn
Jon Baker .... supervising armorer
Eleonora Baldwin .... script supervisor
Matteo Bardelli .... additional set production assistant
Thomas Beckman .... security
Tony Bergslid .... traffic blocker
Serina Björnbom .... production assistant
Rebecca Booth .... assistant to the director: additional photography
Clare Brody .... data operator: Technicolor
Sara Carelli .... interpreter
Nando Cartocci .... production assistant: reshoot
Lara dall'Antonia .... accommodations coordinator
Alberto De Stefani .... tax credit accountant
Silvia Di Pietro .... stand-in/photo double
Margherita Di Tullio .... production secretary
Stefan Ek .... stand-in
Maria Pia Fanigliulo .... assets representative
Maria Pia Fanigliulo .... production secretary: additional photography
Maria Fiorito .... accountant: re-shoots
Veronica Forsén .... stand-in
Chiara Fregoso .... assistant production coordinator
Linda Gamble .... unit publicist
Roberto Gentile .... stand-in/photo double
Shani Geva .... assistant: Ms. Carey
Christian Giuliani .... payroll assistant
Marcus Heidenbeck .... stand-in
Adam Hilario .... production coordinator
Gustav Hylén .... catering assistant
Kerstin Hylén .... catering assistant
Karin Jonsson .... security
Marie-Louise Khondji .... assistant: Mr. Clooney, Italy (as Marie Louise Khondji)
Hakan Kousetta .... legal services for Greenlit Rights
Ashley Kravitz .... clearance coordinator
Helena Larsson .... production coordinator
Anders Lexne .... armorer
Per Lindbärg .... production controller
Åsa Linder .... chief financial officer
Norma Marie Mascia .... production coordinator
Angel McConnell .... assistant: Mr. Clooney
Maham Mehrabi .... production assistant
Karin Mercurio .... production accountant: italy
Marco Milani .... assistant location manager
Damian Mitchell .... weapons coordinator
Stefania Monetti .... catering coordinator
Neal Naito .... production assistant
Cariddi Nardulli .... assistant to Mr. Sisti
Angelica Nevby .... chief accountant
Gunilla Nordin .... unit nurse
Kerstin Nordlund .... accounts payable
Pia Odell .... payroll accountant
Anders Palmblad .... security
Massimo Perla .... animal handler
Henrik Perälä .... location security
Luigi Pinto .... production assistant
Erika Ranbrandt .... catering assistant
Johan Ranbrandt .... location assistant
Max Rangner .... accounting assistant
Tuulikki Retsler .... production assistant
Raffaella Ridolfi .... location manager
Vincenzo Rosa .... additional production assistant
Stefano Ruggeri .... additional production assistant
Jenny Sandström .... office runner
Cristiano Sebastianelli .... assistant production accountant
Camilla Sergenti Castellani .... travel and accomodations coordinator
Arianna Sgreecia .... stand-in/photo double
Robert Singleton .... traffic blocker
Massimiliano Sisti .... assistant accountant
Anna Sivertsson .... production assistant
Erik Skånmyr .... production assistant
Chiara Stefani .... assistant tax credit: Italy
Chiara Stefani .... asst. tax credit: Italy
Helena Stenberg .... unit publicist: Sweden
Katie Murphy Sumers .... assistant: Mr. Heslov (as Katie Murphy)
Marek Szpojankowski .... chef
Mari-Louise Albinsson Szpojankowski .... craft service
Vincenzo Testa .... location manager
Elisabetta Tomasso .... location coordinator
Elisabetta Tomasso .... location manager: reshoots
Ben Urquhart .... post production executive
Marc Van Osdale .... intern
Anna Westberg .... credit control officer
Olivia Zampi .... assistant: Jill Green
René Zuber .... location manager
 
Thanks
Jan-Maarten De Winter .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Last Target" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity
Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Austria:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | France:U | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | Italy:T | Japan:PG12 | Malaysia:18 (censored version) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46049)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A lot of the locations the production team had originally hoped to use were ruined in an earthquake suffered in the region. The pace of reconstruction proved too slow so new locations had to be sought out.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Mathilde first fires the rifle she shoots about a foot to the left of her metal sunflower target. To correct this she should have taken the SIDE cap off the telescopic sight and turned the 'windage' screw half a turn clockwise moving the point of impact to the right. Instead she removed the TOP cap and adjusted the 'elevation'. This adjusts the up and down point of impact. Her second burst should have still missed the target from the same aiming point.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ingrid:You know, I thought I maybe drive into town. You want something?
Jack:No.
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Soundtrack:
UN BEL DÌ VEDREMOSee more »

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Why was Mathilde shot by Pavel?
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196 out of 328 people found the following review useful.
a real slow-burner that is more about internal conflict than action - and George Clooney of course, 3 September 2010
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

The first thing some people (though not all) coming out of The American may say is "It's... slow." They may be missing the idea behind the film. It's not about making an action-packed thriller (one critic putting the cheesy pun "Less Jason Bourne and more Jason Boring" is foolish to make that comparison), and if you need that this particular weekend of Labor Day then Robert Rodriguez's Machete should suffice with that. This is a film with a European sensibility- it even has the director Anton Corbijn from the Netherlands- and is more about the internal conflict and his mechanical, cold nature than anything to do with a straightforward plot. The American is never confusing, and only for those who are looking for something with a huge shot of adrenaline (which, to be fair, the trailer doesn't do a good job of setting up) will feel let down or bored. It's a work that asks to adjust your expectations for a dramatic thriller. To give a much more apt comparison, it's like Jean-Pierre Melville taking a crack at Jarmusch's the Limits of Control. Yeah, that's more like it.

Another thing that makes Corbijn's work so appealing is his star, who is really George Clooney the "actor" this time. It's startling to consider, though sometimes easy to forget, how much range Clooney actually has. In some roles he does go by on his movie-star charm (Ocean's movies) or sometimes plays with that image (Up in the Air) or is just plain goofy (work with the Coen brothers). A performance like this is more in line with Michael Clayton, and it is one of his most memorable. He comes in doing a kind of Alain Delon impersonation (again, Melville comes to mind with his often leading figure), and his Jack character is a smooth operator, a killer who is only cold-blooded due to years of detachment and people around him that he becomes 'friends' with getting killed. The basic set-up is that he's in Italy lying low after a snafu in Sweden, and is given a job to put together a gun for an assassin. Along the way he meets a prostitute and the two become close. Maybe too close.

There is predictability in the narrative, but that's not what Corbijn and Clooney are going for. Anyone can take the old 'one last job' or 'don't fall in love or get close' kind of thing. In fact just two years ago, on this precise weekend, one saw a lackluster action-packed equivalent, Bangkok Dangerous, come out with just a similar thing. Corbjin, taking from a screenplay based on the book by Martin Booth (formerly called A Very Private Gentleman aptly enough), makes this about a man who has had his life chipped away bit by bit from this line of work. He doesn't always kill, but he can, or he is professionally able to get other people to kill. One of the key things to look for is how Clooney acts, calmly and assuredly, and how simply Corbjin films him, as Jack puts together the gun and assembles the pieces. It's like a well-oiled, impersonal machine. The question becomes: how human can this man be, can he connect with someone else?

These are questions that don't usually fly in Hollywood fare, certainly not even in other big Clooney-vehicle spectacles like the Oceans movies. The amount of restraint is remarkable, but how Corbjin keeps things eerily peaceful and leisurely paces is what's really incredible. Some have also compared it to 70's crime thrillers, and that's not unfounded. The action that does come out- and there are, to be fair, a few decent sequences of chasing, dodging and bullets flying without a change of film speed- comes out of the suspense, and the suspense comes out of paranoia. Clooney always has to look over his shoulder, and has to second guess everything he does. His conniving boss thinks that he's growing soft, but Jack knows better, or should. Even around his usually very naked and beautiful prostitute girlfriend, played by Violante Placido, he has to have a gun at the ready when he sees he has one. Can he trust her? Can we?

Again, I have to stress how this is the George Clooney show along with the director's. If you find him to be an underrated actor, this is a feast of interesting, understated moments. Whether or not he's handsome or dreamy or whatever he is to women (and/or men) should be irrelevant to how he acts in the movie. But the movie star quality also carries over to a point. When he wants to be, Clooney can be so compelling with barely an eye moment, just a gesture, or a little inflection to his persona. You need a presence like him, among various character actors both pretty (i.e. Mathilde) and more sinister looking (Swedish villains) or more friendly but portly (the village priest), and he does. I would see the film again just for Clooney and how he drew me in with the believability of the resolve and sorrow in his character.

Another hard sell this season - an art film in the guise of Hollywood Euro-thriller fare in strikingly gorgeous locales shot by that guy who did music videos for Depeche Mode - but it holds a lot of rewards for the patient and willing.

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