I first heard of this movie when Sam Worthington was cast last year, I thought the cast looks interesting. Worthington plays Michael Reed and Keira Knightley plays his wife Joanna, along with Eva Mendes and French actor Guillaume Canet as the objects of temptation for the couple. The movie is the debut of Iranian-American Massy Tadjedin, whose last work was the screenplay for the psychological thriller The Jacket, also starring Knightley and Adrian Brody.
The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he’s attracted. While he’s resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
I’m normally don’t find movies about infidelity appealing at all, especially those that seem to laud such act and practically glorifying cheaters. But the Last Night trailer seems to explore the subject matter with care, focusing more on the couples’ struggle with matters of fidelity and what it means to be faithful when temptation beckons. It’s a nuanced display of personal connections where a longing glance or a gentle touch speak more volumes that begs the question, “how far does one go until it’s considered cheating?”
Rope of Silicon‘s reviewer praised the movie, saying that “This is a fantastic film that will have audiences talking once they leave the theater, not only for the nature of the film, but in the way in which it is made. Tadjedin has crafted a beautiful film and damn near created a romantic thriller out of a talky film about fidelity. No, I’m not talking about slit throats and bloodshed, but that doesn’t mean the film’s subject matter hurts any less. Brilliant if you ask me.” I like what he said about how cheating can be as hurtful if not more than a violent physical act.
Cinematical posted the TIFF screening review on it and praised Knightley and Canet’s performance, “Knightley might be passionate about her period pieces, she’s never better than in modern moments, and as Joanna, she shows a real sense of maturity and presence. In scenes with Canet, their chemistry oozes from every shot.” But Worthington’s reserved acting didn’t wow her though, “It works, to a degree, for the aloofness his character requires, but in a film where subtlety is the driving force of the narrative, stiffness lessens the dramatic effect. In fact, considering how much Tadjedin revels in creatively relaying the story, it’s baffling why he’s in the role, when any number of actors could have given the proceedings wild depth.”
Hmmm, I was hoping this could be a movie that will showcase the Aussie actor’s dramatic chops, if he indeed has some. I’ve said several times that even though he’s got screen presence, Worthington just isn’t expressive enough. Canet however, is one I’ve never seen before but I would definitely love to see more after seeing that trailer! I heard about him before as he’s famous in France and he’s often photographed with his girlfriend Marion Cotillard. He kind of looks like a bit like Patrick Dempsey, only far more charismatic and beguiling.
I might check out this one if makes it to the indie theater in town, too bad we don’t know when this will get a US release because of the uncertainty concerning its distributor, Miramax (per BoxOfficeMojo). What do you think, folks? Any interest in this one?