Michael (Liam Neeson) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction author who has holed himself up in a hotel suite in Paris to finish his latest book. He recently left his wife, Elaine (Kim Basinger), and is having a tempestuous affair with Anna (Olivia Wilde), an ambitious young journalist who wants to write and publish fiction. At the same time, Scott (Adrien Brody), a shady American businessman, is in Italy to steal designs from fashion houses. Hating everything Italian, Scott wanders into the Café American" in search of something familiar to eat. There, he meets Monika (Moran Atias), a beautiful Roma woman, who is about to be reunited with her young daughter. When the money she has saved to pay her daughter's smuggler is stolen, Scott feels compelled to help. They take off together for a dangerous town in Southern Italy, where Scott starts to suspect that he is the patsy in an elaborate con game. Julia (Mila Kunis), an ex-soap opera actress, is caught in a custody battle for her 6 ... Written by
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The full name of James Franco's character only appears twice, and is never spoken. It is Richard Wiess. You see it first in Paris, when Michael (Liam Neeson) and Anna (Olivia Wilde) are walking in front of a building (you can see that his work will be featured there soon)and again when Julia (Mila Kunis)rings the buzzer at his building in New York. The name next the buzzer is R. Weiss. See more »
In the scene that Anna looks at her iPhone in Paris, it shows the carrier as AT&T. AT&T doesn't offer service in Paris. One of the local phone carriers would come up on her iPhone screen, even if her home service was with AT&T. See more »
The kind of artistic effort we don't see enough of.
This is an excellent human drama. Any of the negative reviews you see about it are basically coming from a "dumbing down" stance. Like . . (duh) WHY is this director trying to be so intellectooul?" It's a damned clever piece of work, and we don't get that much any more in this age of comic book movies.
It is also VERY moving, and finely acted. Watching Olivia Wilde's character, I kept thinking, wow such a "borderline" case, then we find out precisely WHY she's such.
You should go see this and bring your brain with you. Don't tell anyone else what it's about or what the spoilers are, and I'm not either.
"White" - the color of trust, and belief, and lies.
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