A stellar ensemble cast stars in this 2-plus hour brutal look at flawed love – both romantic love and parent-child love , filmed in New York, Paris and Rome.
Olivia Wilde has never been better, showcasing her dramatic chops as the younger erratic lover of a Pulitzer Prize winning blocked novelist, Liam Neeson. And she also showcases her body- the full monty . Not once- but twice.
Oscar winner Adrian Brody falls for a gypsy (played by Israeli actress Moran Atias) who may or may not be conning him- the irony being he’s a con artist of sorts himself, stealing fashion designs.
Mila Kunis is stunning as a young mom fighting ex-hubby and famous New York artist James Franco for custody of their young son.
Maria Bello and Kim Basinger have smaller but pivotal roles. Bello, especially, is sensational.
What gets in the way of a biting script and intriguing interlinking, storyline (children being at the heart of all) is director/writer Paul Haggis’s artsiness. It’s as if he throws in things just to mess with your head. But the monkey wrenches he throws in take you right out of the movie, in WTF moments . They make no sense at all. Pay close, close attention because subtle clues are thrown in from time to time which not only piece the 3 stories together but answer begging questions.
This is a bold movie- a movie definitely for adults.