The Walker


(out of 5)

 plays a southern aristocrat in Washington who has concluded the legacy started by his tobacco giant grandfather and politician father with a career as a “walker”, an ornamental dandy who spends his days entertaining rich political wives. When not playing canasta with lunching ladies  and , he spends time with his downtown artist boyfriend or helping his best friend (), also a political wife, cover up for her affair with another man. When Scott Thomas’s lover turns up dead and she skips town, Harrelson keeps silent on her behalf despite the cost to his own social life; phone calls stop being returned and physical danger comes into play, but for him this is an opportunity to find some substance in his existence. Terrific performances and a brilliant concept don’t add up to much in this Paul Schrader film, one that could benefit from more of the seedy-underbelly exploration that usually make his films worthwhile. Harrelson especially is in top form, but the plot works out to a series of interesting but unmotivating conversations; there just isn’t enough risk involved here.

Kintop Pictures, Ingenious Film Partners, Isle of Man Film, Paul Schrader Productions, The Walk

USA/United Kingdom, 2007

Directed by 

Screenplay by Paul Schrader

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2007

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