You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger


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Woody Allen is in a virulent mood, and it suits him. This inspired piece of misanthropy is a London-set dissection of two unhappily married couples: Alfie (Hopkins) has taken up with call girl Charmaine (the spectacular Lucy Punch); his wife, Helena (Gemma Jones), is drowning her sorrows in psychic malarkey; their daughter, Sally (Watts), is smitten with her boss (Antonio Banderas); and her schlub husband, Roy (Brolin), is tempted by a new, alluring neighbour (Freida Pinto).

It’s a typical Allen gaggle, yet there’s a focus and precision to the paces he puts the group through. Why does the film feel so essential? Perhaps because of that tall, dark stranger lurking just outside the frame. It isn’t the first time death has figured in an Allen movie, but the way he grapples with it here is much more potent and direct. This love letter to the Reaper and his unknowable timetable is a bracing addition to an erratic, yet indispensable oeuvre.

By Keith Uhlich
Time Out Doha,

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

  • Duration: 98
  • Released: Thu, 15 Dec
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Gemma Jones, Pauline Collins, Antonio Banderas

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