Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom/USA, 2006. Miramax, Screenplay by Anthony Minghella. Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme. Produced by Tim Bricknell, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack. Music by Karl Hyde, Rick Smith, Gabriel Yared. Production Design by Alex McDowell. Costume Design by Natalie Ward. Film Editing by Lisa Gunning. Toronto International Film Festival 2006.
Jude Law is a landscape architect who is devastated when his brand new office is broken into by thugs and all its expensive equipment stolen, including his laptop with personal photos and videos. At home, his wife (Robin Wright) is thoroughly frustrated by her developmentally challenged daughter, for whose care she has given up her career. Meanwhile, the young thief who performed the break-in for his crooked uncle lives at home with his Bosnian mother (Juliette Binoche), who escaped the war to come to London and now works as a seamstress to make ends meet. Law finds out who the culprit is and infiltrates the life of the young man, before long feeling a connection with Binoche that turns into a full-blown affair in a romantic melodrama that is captivating for its strong performances and beautiful cinematography. The more political themes of the story do very little to make the experience particularly memorable, it’s not as hard-hitting a film as it wants to be, but it is still a highly satisfying one whose characters get into your heart and make you care deeply for their fate. Sadly, this was Anthony Minghella’s last film before his tragically young death, and stands as a testament to the fact that more great films were still to come from this highly talented artist.