Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Jude Law, Robin Wright Penn, Juliette Binoche,
Martin Freeman, Vera Farmiga

"Love is no ordinary crime."

The main attraction of this film is the stellar cast composed of Jude Law, Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn. That it is directed by the late Anthony Minghella is an added bonus. The talented director whose film repertoire include "The English Patient", "Cold Mountain" and "The Talented Mr Ripley".

This specific film is set in London and tells the story of complex characters whose lives interconnect due to a robbery. It presents the multi-cultural spectrum of present day London with its characters being immigrants from various European countries. You have a British architect, Will (Jude Law) who is married to Liv, a Swedish (Robin Wright Penn) mother with an autistic child from a previous marriage. The firm Green Effect which Will co-owns is burglarized one night by a young Serb lad named Miro. He is part of a Serbian syndicate that steals computers from offices. Miro leaves in an apartment with his mother Amira (Juliette Binoche) who sews for a living.

A movie that implicitly presents various themes through its myriad of flawed characters and its numerous side plots. It deals with the desire to belong somewhere. A need to fulfill a void in one's life. The complicated issue of being able to forgive someone as well as learning to forgive one's self for past indiscretions in order to move on from feelings of inadequacies without losing one's dignity.

The cast convincingly essay these complex issues with subtle performances aided with meaningful dialogue. Modern day London provides the stark contrast in the cinematography. It is documented through the disparaging differences in economic stature. From the ultra rich lifestyle of Will to the low cost housing estate where Amira lives with her son.

By the end of the movie, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the course of action pursued by Will and his family, the fact remains that the film was successful in conveying its murky message across the screen.

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