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Young lovers in London are wrapped up in a love triangle that may not be exactly what it seems.

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Matthew Parkhill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gael García Bernal ... Kit Winter
Natalia Verbeke ... Carmen Collazo
James D'Arcy ... Barnaby F. Caspian
Tom Hardy ... Tom
Charlie Cox ... Theo
Yves Aubert Yves Aubert ... Maitre D'
Myfanwy Waring Myfanwy Waring ... Carmen's Friend
Michael Webber Michael Webber ... Landlord
Jonathan Kydd ... Burger Bar Manager
Michael Elwyn ... Hotel Manager
Len Collin Len Collin ... Hotel Security
John Pearson John Pearson ... Kit's Father
Tito Heredia Tito Heredia ... Flamenco Guitarist
Olayo Gimenez Olayo Gimenez ... Flamenco Singer
Richard Clifford ... Registrar
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Storyline

Carmen, a beautiful Spanish woman with a tendency to lose her temper at the drop of a hat, is about to be married to Barnaby, a caring, wealthy, but slightly boring Englishman. While out with friends on her 'hen night' she encounters a stranger who suddenly sparks a passion that has been sleeping within her. As her wedding date approaches, she finds herself struggling to put this newcomer out of her mind, but his effect on her keeps growing stronger. What is it that he sees in her, and why does she feel like she's being pushed inevitably into his arms? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Brazil]

Country:

UK | Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Argumento Mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€165,172 (Spain), 2 November 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,581, 13 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$306,224, 21 August 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The director's name is Matthew Parkhill, and the name of the hospital is "Parkhill Hospital". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barnaby F. Caspian: Carmen, I don't want you to go back.
Carmen Collazo: I'm not going back.
Barnaby F. Caspian: Good.
Carmen Collazo: I'm never going back.
Barnaby F. Caspian: Marry me, Carmen.
Carmen Collazo: What?
Barnaby F. Caspian: [offers a ring of onion from the cutting board]
Carmen Collazo: [giggles] What? No...
Barnaby F. Caspian: [slides the vegetable onto her figure] Marry me.
[...]
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Barra Barra
Written by Rachid Taha / Steve Hillage
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Released in 2000 by Barclay Records
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au contraire, to the negativity...I say Bravo
1 November 2005 | by brandon-radisicSee all my reviews

Having seen most of Bernal's films, or at least everything available in the US, I've grown to like him greatly as an actor, thus explaining my motivation for renting this. The description given on the jacket, added with the blurb equating it with Memento (which was a very entertaining mind-boggle), talked me in. Call it a two-for-two deal.

Reading through the commentary left by others, I'm troubled by the negativity being attached. Exactly when did it become a crime to invoke plot-twists as a story device? The last I knew, filmmakers such as Hitchcock and Preminger relied upon them incessantly. A twist in plot, if carried off well, can satisfy viewers and fire the imagination.

Personally, I find the romantic drama as a genre in dire need of a wake-up call. Films such as this one, Closer, Unfaithful, Wicker Park, and very few others, are daring to attempt something original, whether it be a more frank look at relationships, a less clichéd or sexist view of infidelity, or a new take on the love triangle... and by new I mean new in both this film and Wicker Park. Rather than recycle Shakespeare, Jane Austen, or An Affair To Remember for the forty-billionth time, the director and cast broke new ground.

This is not a perfect film, and really, honestly, who gets entertainment from "perfect" films? Admiration, yes. Respect, yes. Are perfect films fun though? That's an argument for a forum... I gave this an eight out of ten, with two points off for those imperfections. The three leads are solid; the story is clever and solid enough. The two points to perfection can easily be forgiven.

I had fun watching this movie.


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