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Another movie written and directed by Woody Allen. Most of Allen's movies take place in New York City but this one takes place in London. As usual his movies are jam packed with very famous actors playing people involved in very complicated relationships. Naomi Watts is Sally, the daughter of an elderly couple who decide to divorce after years of marriage. Her mother finds comfort in advice from a fortune teller. In addition Sally's marriage is failing. Her husband leaves her for another woman. Sally's father marries a woman half his age. Things end badly for everyone except for Sally's mother who finds happiness when she meets a man who shares her belief in reincarnation. This movie leave s a lot of loose ends that makes you wonder what happened to those people but that may be the whole point. There are a lot of uncertainties in life.
Allen could have come up with something a lot more interesting to say than that illusion is always better than reality; and so this is only a very soulless tale of sound and fury that signifies nothing and never knows if it wants to be a comedy, a romance or a drama.
Wonderful and underappreciated ensemble piece from the great Woody Allen. Every character is in some way connected to the others, and each of them is in crisis and behaving badly and self-destructively as they seek happiness. Superbly acted by all, but particularly Gemma Jones as a divorcee who stifles her existential loneliness by seeking solace from a fraudulent psychic.
Strength comes from it's performances. A relatively good Allen picture. The resolution may leave a little to be desired for some, but it was at least getting somewhere reasonably interesting. One for the fans perhaps.