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Ask the Dust (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Though Hayek is luminous, Farrell seems miscast, and the film fails to capture the gritty, lively edginess of the book upon which it's based.

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Adapted from a novel by John Fante, Robert Towne's Ask the Dust stars Colin Farrell as Arturo Bandini, a young writer who comes to Los Angeles during the Great Depression in order to write a novel. As the film opens, he is down to his last nickel and decides to spend it on coffee in a diner. He is served by Camilla (Salma Hayek), a Mexican beauty he is instantly attracted to even though he treats her horribly during their first interaction. Soon the pair is involved in a relationship that finds them sparring with each other at first, but slowly learning to trust each other. Bandini meets the acquaintance of a desperate woman who sees him as the most desirable man in the world. Eventually Arturo and Camilla get away from the city and their love deepens as he attempts to finish his novel. Donald Sutherland co-stars as a seedy but helpful and loyal neighbor.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre:
Documentary , Drama
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In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$630,802.00
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Cast

Colin Farrell
as Arturo Bandini
Salma Hayek
as Camilla Lopez
Donald Sutherland
as Hellfrick
Eileen Atkins
as Mrs. Hargraves
Idina Menzel
as Vera Rifkin
Justin Kirk
as Sammy
Richard Schickel
as Voice of Mencken
Dion Basco
as Patricio/houseboy
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Critic Reviews for Ask the Dust

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (38)

Although Chinatown writer Towne lovingly depicts the Depression-era LA setting (actually shot in South Africa), the film misfires.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Something is missing, though. The themes are all there, but the movie doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier and rev you up.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Farrell and costar Salma Hayek have rarely been so affecting, or so effective, as self-hating ethnics who find love.

March 30, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Who would have guessed that Robert Towne, the writer of Chinatown, could make a movie as awful as Ask the Dust? It has it all -- one-dimensional characters, one-dimensional set and idiotically arch dialogue.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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Ask the Dust is one of the most eagerly awaited cinematic projects of 2006, which may be why it lands with such a curious thud.

Full Review… | March 23, 2006
Washington Post
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[A] sexy, sensual, romantic, nostalgic adaptation of the novel ...

Full Review… | March 18, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ask the Dust

½

Robert Towne's uneven character study has sparse great moments, but there were enough strong ideas to keep me engaged. This is a flawed piece that requires a lot of patience, especially considering the fact that its first act is its weakest. However, the unorthodox protagonist and sexual energy keep it afloat enough for its positive elements to shine through. Colin Farrell, who is a consistently impressive actor, is not given enough credit for his talent. He does quite a good job in this, and Salma Hayek turns in a respectable performance too. If you're willing to overlook its faults, it's an engaging watch.

Mike T.
Mike T.

Super Reviewer

½

"I looked for Camilla everywhere,and everywhere I looked,all the faces seemed like mine.Tight. Worried. Lost. Faces with the blood drained away.Faces like flowers torn from their roots,the colors fading fast."

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

½

this film wanted to be great, and could have been so, but it missed the mark. at least average, it failed with oddities of the story and uncomfortable moments that were unneccesary to the plot. the premise was great but it missed on most everything else.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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