(out of 5)

Very few directors can pull off experimentation without being rankly pretentious about it, and Sally Potter’s career is proof that she is among those who can. It’s a film with a simple story, about an affair between an immigrant chef in London () and a married corporate business woman (), but here’s the fun part: all the dialogue is delivered in iambic pentameter. The cast is rounded out by  as Allen’s politician husband and  as their maid (who also delivers monologues to the camera, functioning as a chorus) and with actors this good, the self-aware nature of the prosaic dialogue never feels forced or contrived. When combined with Potter’s sturdy direction and beautiful visuals it makes for a film that is a feast for the senses, the heart and the mind.

Adventure Pictures, GreeneStreet Films, Studio Fierberg, UK Film Council

United Kingdom/USA, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by Sally Potter

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by Sally Potter

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival:  2004



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