The Man Who Cried (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom/France, 2000.  Canal+, Universal Pictures, Adventure Pictures, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Sally Potter.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

Poetic melodrama from director Sally Potter that follows the plight of an orphaned Russian Jewish girl () raised by a childless couple in London in the thirties.  As an adult she works her way as a singer in Paris to pay for her passage to America to find the father she lost as a child. In Paris she befriends fortune hunter Cate Blanchett, conceited opera singer  and sexy gypsy Johnny Depp, with whom she has a love affair. The photography is beautiful, the music exceptional, and Ricci has really never been better. Her understated performance is what this film really needs to keep itself together, while Blanchett proves herself to be Meryl Streep’s greatest threat with her dead-on accent as the selfish Russian singer, and Depp adds just the right touches of mystery and sex appeal.   , the singer Potter highlighted in her divine Tango Lesson, has a small part as a dancer in a bar Ricci goes to. Very moving drama, with a perfect ending.

Venice Film Festival Award:  In Competition

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