Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown, there’s only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming.
A New York socialite goes west…in more senses than one. After she has lost everything (husband, son, status, money, houses, jewels), Jasmine moves to her sister’s place in San Francisco to start fresh. The two sisters are as different as the moon and the sun but try, clumsily and blindly, to push each other to improve their situation in life, with somehow mixed results. Do we ever change what we are at the core? For the first time Allen choses as his neurotic alter-ego a woman, and about time, Cate Blanchett is quite spectacular in the role. Special kudos to Sally Hawkins as well. —7/10
Director: Woody Allen, Main cast: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard
La Ville Lumiere and its endless charms, the nostalgia of the past and of the “Golden Age”, whatever it means for each one of us. Woody Allen, at his best, finds a good alter-ego in Owen Wilson. Kudos to Michael Sheen and Corey Stoll for their interpretation of the pedantic Paul and Hemingway. Brilliant — 9/10