The Man from Elysian Fields

2001

The Man from Elysian Fields

Critics Consensus

This story about a gigolo isn't plausible or compelling enough.

51%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 70

55%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 1,496
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George Hickenlooper directs this psychological drama about an impoverished writer lost in a world of money, power, and male escorts. Though happily married with a young child, Byron Tiller (Andy Garcia) is struggling to make ends meet as a novelist. His last work, called "Hitler's Child," had an ignoble run in the bookstore bargain bins and his editor is not interested in his latest work about migrant workers. One day, he is approached by a dapper Brit named Luther Fox (Mick Jagger) who actually read Tiller's last opus. Luther explains that he runs an escort agency named Elysian Fields, which caters to rich women looking for intelligent companionship. Desperate for any kind of income source, Tiller takes the job while keeping the whole thing a secret from his loving wife (Julianna Margulies). He soon is rubbing elbows with the beautiful wife (Olivia Williams) of an aging Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Gradually, Tiller finds himself immersed in this strange new world that he cannot quite understand, much less explain to his spouse. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

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  • Jul 24, 2010
    (2001 Director: George HIckenlooper) I am not sure if it was the combination of the actors and actresses portraying the characters in this movie that made such an impression on me or if it was the storyline. Somehow there was a freshness about the subject matter--though far from original--but perhaps somehow handled more sensitively. James Coburn was phenomenally masterful as an extremely well-known author & Julianne Marguilies (ER, The Good WIfe) played her supporting role as TIller's wife believably with a touch perhaps of innocence, or even niavete. Growth hurts! There is a saying that might perhaps be one of the themes of this interesting passionate character study: "Never love a woman who loves you unconditionally." I think is how it goes?! However, I won't spoil the surprise. My fellow movie viewers' reviews are "on spot" except for the commentary I read about Andy Garcia. Andy Garcia has the face of a beloved puppy dog and your dearest friend or long lost love to my mind and watching him perform in this believable role where he "performs" to survive, we all were given a glimpse at what integrity means. Okay, yeah I'm older than I look (especially in this photo!) Let me share a personal experience? Both my brother and sister (Geminis) could never stand to remain in the room (or theater) when watching a violent, or otherwise horrifically uncormfortable movie. Tiller loved his wife and had just as much passion for his writing. He became numb. Garcia is a man full of raw power, charisma, even vigor but with the face of a hound dog (except even more lovely)...those eyes. He can speak volumes without one word.
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-man-from-elysian-fields-11941685"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/11/94/16/11941685_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-man-from-elysian-fields-11941690"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/11/94/16/11941690_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">The Man From Elysian Filelds</a> </div></div> Out of desperation, a failing writer goes to work for an upscale escort service, Elysian Fields. His client's husband is a successful writer who enlists the lead character as a co-author, giving the man from Elysian Fields a once in a lifetime career break. However the client may have other plans. The premise was mildly interesting, the characters even more so. The harsh truths regarding the banal end of the magnanimous- to-callous continuum of humanity were givens, but ones that we too often fail to formalize. Unless you love romantic movies or melodramas, you may want to fast forward through most of the sappy scenes with the lead character's wife. Her presence is required, but neither particularly interesting, appealing, nor vital to the most intriguing concepts presented in the story. A pragmatic moral to carry away from this movie is, "Get it in writing." -and signed and notarized, dummy. A better ending would have been had it turned out that the protagonist's post Elysian Fields book be ELYSIAN FIELDS, blurring the line between reality and fantasy for us for a few imaginative moments. This would have been a cinematic cliche, but an effective one in this instance. The actual ending is predictable, uninspired, and not very creative. Some very nice use of local location photography. While not visually breathtaking, the film has a graceful visual footprint. <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-man-from-elysian-fields-11941688"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/11/94/16/11941688_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> The Man From Elysian Fields </div></div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2008
    A mature and worldly screenplay is executed by actors giving elegantly crafted performances. Garcia, Jagger and Coburn all work together (despite Coburn and Jagger never sharing a scene). It's the way actions affect others and how ones own selfish desires can make or break a person. The men not only assert their power to gain wealth and acceptance but are also exploited by their female counterparts. All characters evolve and learn life lessons without the screenplay coming across as a self help novel. Emotional and funny only hampered by a surprisingly uninspired montage and an ending that feels to happily rushed.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2008
    Plays out better than it sounds, due to the cast.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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