In New York, an aspiring novelist has a cinq-a-sept affair with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat. Cultures, world views, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens, with remarkable results. Romance, drama and comedy.
Diane Kruger was originally cast in the lead role but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »
When Brian and Arielle go to the Guggenheim, they view Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. This painting is not in the Guggenheim, however it could be on loan to them (which seems very likely, considering The Long Leg is not in the Guggenheim, either). See more »
Some of the best writing in New York won't be found in books, or movies, or plays, but on the benches of Central Park. Read the benches, and you understand.
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The first rule of a romance film is that lead actors need to have on-screen chemistry. The second rule is that you empathise with them enough to become involved and care about them.
I'm afraid neither of these two factors existed. There is no way a beautiful, classy, sophisticated woman would show an interest in an average looking, unimaginative, wide eyed boy. Not that age matters, or even looks but the script simply didn't bring any depth or personality to the male lead, so there is nothing more than the superficial to consider.
The acting is wooden, the script is infeasible, stilted and unnatural. Also, as another reviewer commented, there is a French stereotype that is observable in many films which is inappropriate and inaccurate and confining.
Woody Allen could have used the remit of this film to make a gem.
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