Another surprise, I had totally forgotten who stars in this movie. After the credits began rolling I looked for the DVD container and noticed that one of my all time favorite actors plays the brilliant character I so maddeningly wanted to know about. Coincidences abound. Stuart Townsend deserves all of the Oscars, not the George Clooneys or the Brad Pitts, but the real actors who make films, not glorified, scripted, self-aggrandizing narcissistic prima donnas.
The plot is more from the 1980s than it is the 2000s. Love, marriage, the specter of divorce looms, and the ultimate choice needs to be made. Emily Mortimer’s role as the ambiguous and potentially unfaithful wife manages to rivet views from start to finish. Every successive scene is riddled with doubt, suspicion and chaos. The director’s message is clear and it is anything but simple.
Live your lives, cherish every moment, love those who love you, and make life decisions carefully and only after exploring every facet of your imagination. At the same time, do not forget to go out on a whim sometimes, and never contain your feelings, always live them.
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