Happy Thursday, everyone! I was going to post my Oscar predictions but that’d have to wait until tomorrow. I realize I haven’t done a trailer post in a while, I guess consistency isn’t my strong suit, eh?
Anyhoo, when I saw the poster for this, I was immediately drawn to it. Fittingly, the trailer also drew me in to the enchanting yet unpredictable love story starring the lovely Juliette Binoche. It kind of reminds me a bit of Cairo Time in that the tentative romance is set in a place foreign to one of the film’s protagonists.
The premise is simple enough: In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French art dealer who leads him to the village of Lucignano. In the role of the English writer is William Shimell, who’s actually an Opera singer in his feature film debut. According to his IMG Artist’s bio, Shimell is ‘… one of Britain’s most accomplished operatic baritones. Since beginning his career in the United Kingdom he has earned an international reputation and has sung in the world’s leading opera houses.’ At first I thought he was the American actor David Strathrain (Good Night, Good Luck), he looks just like him!
The film is directed by Iranian writer/director Abbas Kiarostami, and it premiered at Cannes last year where Binoche won Best Actress award. A few reviewers likened this to the Before Sunrise, but there’s that ‘more than meets the eye’ quality about this love story that makes it all the more intriguing. I like stories that keep you guessing as you watch the events unfold, and sounds like Kiarostami does that here. The gorgeous Tuscany setting is a major plus as well, there’s something so inherently romantic about the Italian town that’ll surely sweep me away.
What do you think, folks? Compelling enough for you to see this film?