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Third Person (2013)

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Three interlocking love stories involving three couples in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York.

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Paul Haggis

Writer:

Paul Haggis (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Michael
Maria Bello ... Theresa
Mila Kunis ... Julia
Kim Basinger ... Elaine
Michele Melega Michele Melega ... Giorgio
Adrien Brody ... Scott
Gianni Franco ... Taxi Driver (Rome)
Marius Bizau ... Taxi Driver (Paris)
Olivia Wilde ... Anna
Katy Louise Saunders ... Gina
James Franco ... Rick
Loan Chabanol ... Sam
Oliver Crouch Oliver Crouch ... Jesse
Valentina Gaia Valentina Gaia ... News Reader
Riccardo Scamarcio ... Marco
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Storyline

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 Sony Pictures Classics

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Drama | Romance

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

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When asked about her full nude scene in the movie, Olivia Wilde said she isn't shy when it comes to naked scenes. She's stated that she has no issue taking off all her clothes in front of cast and crew. For the most part, Wilde has laughed off her naked scenes. Regarding a scene for her movie Third Person, Wilde said that "it's great now that [she's] had a baby 'cause I can look at it now and be like, Yep, that was once the way it was.'" Wilde discussed how filming in Italy made the attitude around the scene much more lighthearted because "they're way less conservative." The actress also joked that "not only did [she] have to [film] it again and again and again, but this was a scene in which [she] was running downstairs naked, which no one should ever do on camera." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Claire: A man got you pregnant.
Julia: Yeah.
Claire: They always do.
Julia: [lowkey] Yeah.
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The opening as well as the first part of the ending credits share the same graphic pattern style as the lower parts of the glass partitions in the apartment of Franco's character. See more »

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Danger People
Written and performed by Christopher Benstead (as Chris Benstead)
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Blurred Lines
20 June 2014 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

Paul Haggis is best known as the director of the movie "Crash", which was the controversial winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 2006 over its closest rival "Brokeback Mountain." Haggis is also the first screenwriter to win Oscars for Writing for two consecutive years, "Million Dollar Baby" in 2005 and "Crash" in 2006. It was the name of Paul Haggis that drew me to check out "Third Person" without knowing anything else about it.

Like "Crash", "Third Person" is also a film with multiple story lines. I have liked movies like this since I have seen "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams." I have admired how the scriptwriter managed to clearly tell three or four stories and then connect them to each other with an overarching bigger story.

Michael (Liam Neeson) is an aging Pulitzer-prize winning author who left his wife Elaine (Kim Basinger) and is now having an affair with a much younger Anna (Olivia Wilde) in Paris. Scott (Adrien Brody) is an unscrupulous clothing businessman who gets entangled with the shady financial problems of a gypsy-like local lady Monika (Moran Atias) in Rome. Julia (Mila Kunis) is a poor divorcée who lost custody of her young son to her estranged husband Rick (James Franco) because of an unfortunate accident with a plastic laundry bag.

It was good to see Liam Neeson again in a straight drama, not in another action vehicle that he is wont to do lately. Olivia Wilde is daring, gorgeous and smart, the perfect femme fatale. Mila Kunis stands out in a very serious dramatic role. Her brutally-emotional confrontation scene with James Franco was amazingly acted out. In terms of romantic chemistry though, the best was between Adrien Brody and Moran Atias. Their story line was interesting on its own, but seemed furthest off from any connection with the other two stories.

The underlying issue and conflict in all three stories was about trust. Anna's bizarre behavior is driving Michael nuts about her loyalty. On the other hand, Michael is using their stormy relationship as the subject of his book seemingly without Anna's consent. Monika's connection with a sleazy extortionist has Scott doubting her innocence. Rick cannot trust Julia anymore with even basic visitation rights to their son.

Even at the two hour mark, the three stories seem to be slowly losing their steam and getting nowhere without any detectable connection to each other. However, just as I was losing hope as to this film's ability to end properly, suddenly comes a most surprising development that actually manages to solidify the three disparate segments of this film into a single coherent whole. Paul Haggis has done it again to weave his magic with this inventive type of story telling via film.


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Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 November 2014 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,856, 22 June 2014

Gross USA:

$1,021,398

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,624,761
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Corsan, Hwy61, Volten See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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