An American writer moves to Paris to be closer to his daughter and finds himself falling immediately on hard times. Befriended by a French Arab who offers him a job, Tom finds himself employed as a security agent as he struggles to write his second novel and see his daughter. Meanwhile, his personal life takes a turn as he becomes involved with a beguiling woman. –TIFF
Paweł Pawlikowski (born 1957) is a Polish-born, Oxford-based, BAFTA Award-winning filmmaker and academic. He garnered much acclaim for his BAFTA Award-winning Last Resort which he wrote and directed in 2000 and My Summer of Love, loosely based on Helen Cross’ novel, which also won a BAFTA and a string of other awards at festivals around the world.
At the age of 14, Pawlikowski left communist Poland to live in Germany and Italy, before settling in Britain. In the late 1980s and ‘90s Pawlikowski was best known for his documentaries, whose blend of lyricism and irony won him many fans and awards around the world. Moscow Pietushki was a poetic journey into the world of the Russian cult writer Venedikt Erofeev, for which he won Emmy and RTS Awards, a Prix Italia and others. The multi-award winning Dostoevsky’s Travels was a tragi-comic road movie with a St Petersburg tram driver and the only living descendant of Fyodor Dostoevsky, as he travels rough around Western Europe haunting… read more
Finally a genuinly intriguing art thriller with great performances. The story is hard to follow at times but that is the movie's strongest point. It demands your attention and deductive prowess to figure everything out. I'm still not sure I have a full grasp on the plot but I reallt like movies that are challenging. I'll be picking up the blu ray at once an delve into the mystery once again.
I watched this film basically because I couldn’t sleep and there wasn’t much else to do at 3am this morning. I was pleasantly surprised! The best piece of work that Ethan Hawke has done since Gattaca and overall a lovely little film from Pawlikowski showcasing the lesser seen Parisian sights.